Consultation – start to finish
Schedule an Appointment (1)
We invite you to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Wigod to discuss your surgery interests. If you wish to be seen, you will be asked to complete a web based short health history, as well as other necessary forms. The practice employs an EMR (electronic medical record) to improve patient care and minimize environmental impact. If you do not have computer access or have difficulty with the system, our staff will assist you in the office before your appointment. You will have a courtesy call to remind you of your appointment time. Some patients may benefit from a pre visit with a nurse consultant
New Patient appointments are scheduled from:
- 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm on Monday
- 10:00 to 11:00 am and 1:30 to 3:00 pm on Tuesday
- 1:30 to 3:00 pm on Wednesday
- 2:00 to 3:30pm on Thursday
Call 208-377-9515 to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Wigod’s office staff may provide you general information over the phone and then refer you to specific pages on www.wigod.com, for more detailed information and patient example photos. Either at home or after checking in for your appointment, you will encouraged to watch a 3D animation educational video to provide an excellent overview of the surgery process.
The Consultation / Exam (3)
Dr. Wigod knows that every patient has a unique body shape and goals for improvement. Accordingly, Dr. Wigod and his staff take time during consultations to learn what each patient hopes to gain from surgery. In this way, each patient enjoys a completely customized treatment plan designed for her or his specific goals. Dr. Wigod will also review your health history and address any potential problems.
After your initial interview, you will change into a gown and have photographs taken by one of our female staff members. Dr. Wigod, accompanied by one of our female staff members as a chaperone, will then examine you. He may take anatomic measurements and discuss features individual to your body. You and Dr. Wigod will then review patient example photographs, including ones who look most similar to you. This process helps Dr. Wigod understand what exactly you desire and encourages realistic expectations. Finally, if appropriate, VECTRA 3D imaging will be discussed.
Price Quote (4)
After your consultation, you will then meet with one of our managers for a price quote. The price quote includes Dr. Wigod’s Surgeon’s Fee, Operating Room Fee for our on premises surgery center (Meadow Lake Surgery Center), Anesthetist Fee, and any device fees. The quote may vary with individual patient factors and can only be offered after a complete consultation. If you decide to schedule surgery, a deposit is required. Full payment is required at the final pre operative visit.
Scheduling and Pre-Op (5)
Surgery is performed every day, except for Wednesday. Certain surgeries require scheduling on specific days of the week. The pre-op visit is approximately 2 weeks before the operation and is very important. You will be re-examined and your operative plan will be confirmed. Your health history will be reviewed and any appropriate testing (blood work, ekg, mammogram) will be ordered as well. Perhaps most importantly, you will read, sign, and review with Dr. Wigod a detailed informed consent produced by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons on your chosen surgery. Dr. Wigod will discuss the risks, benefits, and alternatives to the procedure and then answer all of your questions.
Day of Surgery (6)
Prior to operation, you will be instructed to avoid certain medications and cease or minimize any tobacco use. You should have nothing to eat or drink after midnight, but may take approved prescription drugs with a sip of water. You will arrive at Meadow Lake Surgery Center one half hour before your planned operation and will be further prepared by a nurse. You will then be re-examined and have the operative plan confirmed by Dr. Wigod. The surgeon will have you stand and will place markings on you to guide the surgery. You will then be given a sedative and be taken to the operating room.
Most patients remember nothing further until they wake up in the recovery area. Your will have a dressing appropriate to your surgery. Unless specifically directed, the dressing should not be removed until you return for your first post-op visit. You will have some discomfort and may have some nausea, but most patients tolerate the procedure very well. You must have someone drive you home and stay with you for 24 hours after surgery. You will most likely be able to return to work within a few days to weeks depending upon your surgery, but may feel easily fatigued.
After the Operation (7)
Unless out of town (in which case coverage will be arranged), Dr. Wigod is available to take your calls or to see you urgently, if indicated. You will usually be seen by Dr. Wigod in the office between 1 to 3 days after your surgery. For a Friday operation, this visit will most often be on the next Monday. Sutures will usually be absorbable and any palpable knots will be cut at 2 weeks. You will be seen as frequently as needed early and then at 6 weeks post op and again at 6 months post op for early and late result follow up. You will have photographs taken and any concerns addressed.
Mild exercise such as walking is encouraged early to minimize changes of blood clot and breathing problems. Vigorous exercise such as jogging or aerobics may be resumed at 4 to 6 weeks. Heavy lifting or exercises using your upper body should be avoided for 6 weeks. Post surgery activity is a great concern for most patients. Remember, your surgery is an investment in yourself and limiting activity to maximize healing and minimize problems which may only extend the recovery period.