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 for Cosmetic / Non-Insurance covered surgery, you will be asked pay your $100 consult reservation fee by credit card at the time of scheduling. Your consult reservation fee is refundable if you cancel by at least the day before your appointment. You will also be asked to complete a web based 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 before your appointment. You will have a reminder email and / or courtesy call a few days prior to your appointment time. Please review the information presented below and in the associated links prior to your arrival to optimize your visit with Dr. Wigod.
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Education Before Your Consultation(2)
Before your appointment, you please watch the a 3D animation educational video(s) on your procedure(s) of interest. These videos provide an excellent overview of the surgery process.
Please review Dr. Wigod’s individual approach to your procedure(s) of interest.
See Dr. Wigod’s Photo Gallery for examples of his results for your procedure(s) of interest.
Review the intake consent forms at home and sign them when you arrive at our office.
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 review your health history and address any potential problems. Please bring any relevant medical documents for Dr. Wigod to review as well. This will make your consult more informative and ultimately save time if you wish to proceed with a surgery. If you have had breast implant surgery previously, operative reports or any information on your current implant are particularly useful.
You will 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 of patients 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. Please click the link below for our financial policies and procedure pricing range. While these are only estimates, understanding the usual price range will minimize any surprises with your quote.
Scheduling And Pre-Op (5)
Meadow Lake Surgery Center Operating Room Surgery is performed on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Minor procedures are performed Tuesdays and Thursdays. Large Medical Center (usually St. Luke’s Meridian) surgeries are performed once a month on Tuesday. 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.
Most operations are performed at Meadow Lake Surgery Center, located in the same building as Wigod Plastic Surgery. This center provides tremendous advantages to Dr. Wigod and his patients. Click the links to learn more.
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 knots you can see 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 chances 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 should be avoided for 6 weeks. These guidelines apply to all patients and every surgery. Post surgery activity is of great concern for most patients. Remember, your surgery is an investment in yourself. Limiting activity in the short term to maximize healing and minimize problems (which will only extend the recovery period) is a good trade off. You will not lose fitness in any meaningful or lasting way over the 6 weeks of limited activity that cannot be regained. When you do resume activity, it is best to be patient and go slowly.