Once we have agreed that surgery is your best option, you will be introduced to our surgical coordinator Yazmin. You, and your family, will meet with Yazmin to determine the best date for your surgery. She will coordinate preoperative medical clearance, lab studies and schedule your post-operative visit.
Unless your surgery is an emergency, you will need medical clearance from your primary care provider (PCP) and may need to obtain pre-operative lab studies such as a chest-xray, EKG and blood work. These are required by state laws and depend on your specific medical history, symptoms and age.
I normally schedule non-emergent surgical cases for Fridays at the Woodburn Surgical Center located in front of INOVA Fairfax Hospital. Yazmin will give you specific instructions as to which medications you may take, remind you NOT to eat after midnight the night before surgery and let you what time to show up for surgery.