Surgery of any kind requires planning and commitment on the patient’s part as well as the physician’s office you’ve chosen. Though you may wish to “get it over with” as soon as possible, remember that it will take you time to prepare adequately. This may mean acquiring a prior authorization from your insurance company, arranging time off of work, finding someone to accompany you to and from the hospital, setting a pre-surgery physical with your primary physician, and ceasing certain medications and supplements prior to surgery.

It is beneficial if you can be flexible in your choice of surgery time and location. It is also beneficial to arrange your consultation appointments and follow-up appointments at times you can keep so you do not need to reschedule and experience delays. A complete consultation with our doctors is, of course, the first step in your treatment. At the time of your consultation, we will provide you with full details regarding your pre-surgical and after-surgery responsibilities.

Click each question below to learn more about your surgery.

Will insurance cover my procedure?

We will require a photocopy of the front and back of your insurance card(s) in your medical chart to submit your claim. It is the patient’s responsibility to ensure coverage under his or her benefit plan. It is the patient’s responsibility to update Minnesota Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Specialists of any termination or changes of insurance coverage and to supply the clinic with documentation of new coverage.

If you do not carry insurance or are not submitting your claim to insurance, payment for your consultation must be made in full to Minnesota Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Specialists at the time of the appointment. Payment for surgical services must be paid in full 10 days before your planned surgery date. If you are uninsured, please call us for self pay information. We do not provide quotes for surgical services prior to consultation.

If your procedure will be covered by insurance, claims will be submitted to your insurance company. Insurance payments and patient responsibilities will vary depending on your coverage (deductibles, out of pocket expenses), hospital or surgery center location and other factors.

What do I need to do before surgery?

To prepare for surgery you will need to obtain a pre-surgery physical exam from your regular doctor no more than 14-30 days prior to your surgery date, depending on your hospital. Schedule a physical with your doctor as soon as you have scheduled surgery with us.

A physical form should be included in the surgery package you receive from us. Have your physician fax this form to the fax number listed on it. Do not fax this form to us. A hospital registration form should also be included in your packet. Mail or fax this to the hospital prior to surgery to the address or number listed.

You will need to refrain from certain over-the-counter and prescription medications such as blood thinners (including aspirin) and dietary supplements (such as garlic). Stop taking these drugs 2 weeks prior to surgery and one week after. Ask your primary physician if you are on any medications you will have to stop prior to surgery.

What are the anesthesia protocols?

Before your surgery, you will meet with your anesthesiologist or registered nurse anesthetist to discuss your anesthesia options, its affects, and recovery. You will spend approximately 1 hour after surgery in recovery to come out of anesthesia and have your progress monitored. If you wish to discuss your anesthesia in more detail prior to surgery, call the anesthesia department of the hospital or surgery center where you are scheduled.

You must know and follow these policies regarding anesthesia prior to your surgery. Generally, either local or IV sedation medication are used or a combination of both. They are administered before your procedure. Prior to surgery, you must arrange to have a responsible caregiver to:

– Listen to and understand your discharge instructions for you.

– To drive you home. You will not be allowed to drive for 24 hours.

– To stay with you following surgery until the next morning.

– If you do not have a designated caregiver to escort you from the hospital, your surgery may need to be rescheduled.

Each hospital and surgery center may have varying policies regarding anesthesia. You may check with the facility prior to surgery.

I am deaf, hard of hearing, or speak another language. Can I still visit your clinic for a consultation/procedure?

Yes. Minnesota Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Specialists is committed to ensuring equal access to all of our patients regardless of national origin, language barriers, and deaf and hard of hearing patients. We will ensure effective communication is achieved with all of our patients to the greatest extent possible. Clinic staff will arrange for foreign language interpreter services when effective provider-patient communication in English is not possible. We will arrange for aids and services for the deaf or hard of hearing including sign language and oral interpreters, note takers, etc.

Minnesota Plastic Surgery Specialists will determine, with input from our patient, how best to achieve effective communication depending on factors such as the length of the visit and/or nature of the examination or follow-up. We maintain discretion over how best to achieve this goal such as hiring of interpreters, utilizing telephonic language lines, etc.

Where do you perform surgery?

We have privileges at many Twin Cities area hospitals & surgery centers. Click on a location below for more details.

Centennial Lakes Surgery Center

7373 France Ave. S. Ste. 404
Edina, MN. 55435
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ph: 952.832.9360 main

Children's Hospital Mpls.

2525 Chicago Ave. S.
Mpls., MN. 55404
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CMPLS ph: 612.813.6260 main

Fairview Southdale Hospital

6401 France Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55435
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ph: 952.924.5000 main

Fairview Lakes Medical Center

5200 Fairview Blvd.
Wyoming, MN 55092
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ph: 651.982.7000 main

Mercy Hospital

4050 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW
Coon Rapids, MN. 55433
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ph: 763.236.6000 main

North Metro Surgery Center

11855 Ulysses Street NE, Ste. 270
Blaine, MN. 55434
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ph: 763.755.6540 main

Phillips Eye Institute

2215 Park Avenue
Minneapolis, MN. 55404
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ph: 612.442.8800 main

University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital

2450 Riverside Ave.
Minneapolis, MN. 55454
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ph: 612.365.1000 main
ph: 855.267.5289 main