1.Select a Date
Contact Chrissy Megargee, she’s my online coordinator and she can help you with selecting a date for both your consult and possible surgery.
In most cases, I can see you the day before anticipated surgery. If for some reason, we decide NOT to operate, we simply cancel the case.
This makes it most efficient for you and minimizes time away from home, expense and vacation days.
Your surgery is usually going to be scheduled on a Friday, this is when I schedule my non-emergency cases. I can see you the day before on Thursday.
I work at two unrelated offices. Chrissy will be your coordinator until you’ve selected an actual appointment time and date.
Once you’ve selected a date with Chrissy, your actual appointment scheduling will the be handled by my surgical coordinators at either:
Dressler Ophthalmology Associates (Andrea)
3930 Pender Drive, Suite 10
Fairfax, VA 22030
Capital Eye Consultants (Brigitte)
3025 Hamaker Court, Suite 101
Fairfax, VA 22031
2. Medical Clearance
In preparation for surgery, you need to visit your primary care physician for a medical clearance within 30 days of your surgery. Requirements for this clearance are as follows:
- -Ages 59 and younger: History and physical
- -Ages 60 and up: History and physical, EKG, blood work (CBC and Chem7)
- *for patients with an underlying medical condition, speak with Chrissy
Most major PPO insurance plans cover vitrectomy/FOV/retinal detachment surgery and we participate with most of them (except for Medicaid).
HMO policies are excluded, you may need to pay our “self-pay” rates.
Your surgery will be performed at INOVA Woodburn surgery center in Annandale, VA. This is an outpatient surgery center and you are able to return to your hotel once the surgery is completed.
Please arrange for a driver to accompany you to your surgery. If you cannot arrange for a driver, speak with Chrissy.
5. Post-op appointment
I’ll need to see you the next morning. I’ll remove the patch, examine you and go over your instructions including drops, etc.
If everything looks good, you will be able to go home! There are no restrictions on flying after having had a standard vitrectomy or FOV.
6. Post-operative care
Within 7-10 days after surgery, you need to follow up with your eye doctor at home. If you would prefer, you can also stay in the area and I can see you, but I don’t feel this is usually necessary. I would like you to email or fax the results of your initial exam with your doctor.
This is the only way I can ensure you are receiving the appropriate post-operative care.
Please do not hesitate to email Chrissy with any further questions!
I look forward to meeting you!