Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to get scheduled for an office consult and surgery?
Office consults are typically scheduled within 1 week. Surgery can be scheduled once the physician has dictated the orders and provided details for surgery. Surgery can often be scheduled within 2 weeks of the initial consultation. Initial consultations may last between 15-30 minutes.
What is the policy on office appointments due to COVID-19?
Please arrive at the scheduled appointment time and not any earlier. We do our best to get patients in and out quickly and not to have our waiting area filled. If you feel more comfortable you may call when you arrive before coming in, please do not feel obligated to do so. Our front desk staff verify any current symptoms, recent travel, and exposure to COVID-19. If you have been vaccinated for the virus you may be asked to provide a copy of your vaccination card prior to surgery to avoid having a COVID test completed. You are able to log into OhioHealth MyChart to complete the registration process prior to arrival.
What is required to be done prior to surgery?
Prior to surgery it is required if you are over the age of 50 or have any underlying medical conditions including and not limited to heart disease; diabetes; elevated blood pressure etc. You will need to schedule with your primary care physician for history and physical, blood work and an EKG. At this time, it is required that you have a COVID-19 test done within 96 hours of the surgery if you have not been fully vaccinated.
Where are the COVID-19 testing locations?
Covid testing locations may be scheduled with our office prior to surgery or set up personally through your OhioHealth MyChart. The testing will need to be done within 96 hours of surgery date . The below locations are open Monday-Friday 7.30am-4.30pm:
- 5157 West Broad Street Columbus Ohio (Near Doctors Hospital)
- 3430 Ohio Health Parkway Columbus Ohio (Near Riverside Hospital)
- 1010 Refugee Road Pickerington Ohio
- 278 W. Barks Road Marion Ohio
- 30 Herrold Avenue Athens Ohio
- 1700 Nussbaum Parkway Ontario Ohio
- 9085 Southern Point Blvd Orient Ohio
- 921 East Franklin Street Kenton Ohio
Do your physicians do colonoscopy/endoscopy procedures?
Yes, we have two physicians that do these procedures Stephen Glatz, M.D. and Jason Shoemaker, D.O. Prior to your colonoscopy procedure you will need to follow bowel prep instructions which will be sent to your pharmacy for Suprep. Please follow a clear liquid diet the day before the colonoscopy. You will do the bowel prep at 5pm and 8pm the night before and not to have anything by mouth after midnight.
When will I find out the time for my surgical procedure?
All procedures are confirmed the day before surgery by the Hospital or the Dublin Surgery Center. We will not provide times prior to surgery because they are subject to change often.
When should I schedule to see the physician after my surgery?
Postoperative appointments are typically scheduled between 7-14 days this will depend on what type of surgery you had and how long you stayed in the hospital following surgery. If there was a drain placed at the time of your procedure your discharge instructions should say how long to wait for postoperative appointment. If staples were placed during surgery you will need to make a 2-week postoperative appointment.
What are signs of infection following a surgical procedure?
Following your surgery monitor the incisions for any redness spreading around the incision or warm to touch. Increase in yellow or green drainage. Fever. Please call our office if you develop any of these symptoms or you may route a message to your physician through MyChart within Ohio Health.
When can I remove the dressing after surgery?
Please leave the dressing intact until 48 hours after surgery. At that time, you may remove the dressing and shower. Please do not submerge in a bathtub, pool, or hot tub until 4-6 weeks after surgery.
How often do I need to wear my abdominal binder?
Continue to wear until first postoperative visit. Please wear at all times even during sleep. You may remove while showering or sitting in a recliner/chair during the day.