At some point, many residents here at NewAldaya Lifescapes may find themselves in need of some sort of minor procedure or surgery, but this doesn’t have to be an intimidating process for those patients in need of outpatient care. By preparing properly for these procedures, patients can feel comfortable and confident every step of the way, from pre-surgery prep to outpatient therapy.
The following is a look at six ways patients can prepare for outpatient surgery:
#1 Research Qualified Physicians
You may want to ask your primary care doctor for a referral so you feel comfortable with the chosen specialist. Also, consider reading online reviews and asking friends and family for referrals. Ask about the physician’s experience and how many of these types of procedures he or she has performed in the past.
#2 Check for Licensure and/or Accreditation
While many outpatient procedures take place in hospitals, some occur at an outpatient facility or doctor’s office. If that’s the case, make sure it’s licensed, which you can do by checking your state’s health department. You also can check for accreditation with specific organizations like the Joint Commission, the AAAHC, or the AAAASF.
#3 Research Qualified Anesthesiologists
Most outpatient procedures will require anesthesia, so it’s worth checking to ensure the option you choose staffs a physician anesthesiologist, which is a medical doctor that specializes in anesthesia, pain management, and critical care medicine. They are highly trained to monitor every step of the process in this regard.
#4 Get Healthy
Because surgery recovery goes better for those who are in better physical condition, use the time before a procedure to get as healthy as possible. Eat better, sleep more, and try to be as active as possible. And if you smoke, try to quit. Every step toward better health is a step toward a speedier recovery.
#5 Check in with Insurance
Avoid surprise medical expenses by checking in with your health insurance before your procedure. While they can’t always give you an exact dollar amount, they should be able to at least give you a ballpark estimate of where your expenses will lie. That way, a procedure hopefully will not cost much more than you expect. No one likes surprise medical bills on what can already be a fairly tight budget.
#6 Make Plans for Outpatient Therapy
The best way that we can help here at NewAldaya Lifescapes is by providing excellent outpatient therapy for residents. While our outpatient therapy operation is still fairly new, we do have a highly qualified and well-regarded staff that does great work both in terms of physical therapy and speech therapy. Some of the physical therapy services we offer include injury rehab, fall prevention, balance and posture training, muscle re-education, and post-operative rehab to lower and upper extremities. In terms of speech therapy, we provide cognitive retraining, verbal expression therapy, and treatment for swallowing dysfunction.
Connect with Experienced Outpatient Therapists in Cedar Falls, IA
While there certainly can be a lot of prep in other areas associated with outpatient surgery, the therapy aspect is already taken care of for our residents. If you’d like more information about how that works on our end, just contact us, and a qualified professional will walk you through the process and the expense of our outpatient therapy services.