YOUR FIRST VISIT
Your first office visit is a chance for you to get to know our wonderful staff and to meet your doctor. Dr Zickler will spend a great deal of time with you one on one. We need to get some information from you about your desires and your goals. We will also need to know about your medical history enough so that we can decide if what you want is safe for your health and we will also want to give you a great deal of information about whatever procedure you are looking into. For the sake of example, we will talk about breast augmentation.
When you first come in you will meet the receptionist. If you can let Melissa know that you are here, she will give you a copy of our preoperative information sheet. This is also available on the website. It will be very helpful if you complete it before you come in. It will save you a great deal of time and allow you to do this in the privacy of your own home at your leisure. In any event, this gets some very basic information down such as allergies and your name and address. We will also want to get some information from you about how you would like to be contacted. We need to know whether we can leave messages on answering machines or cell phones or whether you would like our communication with you to be more private and we should not leave messages. Because these things will be best taken care of before your consultation , plan to get to your visit early, about 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled appointment. You may be used to other doctors’ offices where they are always late and delayed and you spend a long time in the waiting room. Typically with Dr. Zickler’s patients we try to keep the wait less than 15 minutes. It is very seldom that we get behind, but this is a surgical practice and sometimes we are doing surgery and we may run over the time estimate for any particular patient. In any event, we have lots of magazines to look at but you may want to bring something with you in case there is a need to pass a short amount of time.
If during your consultation you feel that you would like to go ahead and schedule your surgery, we can take care of that at the visit. You will receive a very detailed written price quote from our Business Office, whch will outline the cost of the implants, the cost of the Surgery Center, what a likely anesthesia charge will be as well as Dr. Zickler’s fee for the procedure. Although we try to be as accurate as we can and get up to date quotes from the Surgery Center and Anesthesia on the day of your visit, unfortunately we do not have any control over their pricing. After you have received all of your information and pricing, you will also be given some written material to take home that should summarize all that we have talked about during our office visit. All questions are welcome and once you think that you have an adequate understanding of all the issues involved and would like to schedule surgery we will be available to do that either at your first consultation or at your convenience over the telephone. As yet, we are not able to do actual surgical scheduling over the Internet because of the involvement of the Surgery Center. At present we are not charging for our consultations for surgery that is not covered by insurance carriers so you can literally feel free to visit us after you have been seen by another plastic surgeon. Only by comparison will you see how much more we have to offer. We look forward to meeting you.