How will I be billed for my surgery and consultation?
Our office will bill your insurance carrier following your service. Plan Co-payments and deductables are billed to the patient.
Can I pay my bill with a credit card?
Yes, we accept Visa and Mastercard.
Where is your office located?
Spring Ridge Surgical Specialists
2758 Century Blvd. (entrance next to Discovery Federal Credit Union)
Wyomissing, PA 19610
Getting a second opinion is important to many of our patients. In fact, you may be coming to us to seek a second opinion. If you are not yet ready to proceed with the surgery we have deemed necessary, we will be happy to refer you to other doctors within Berks County, or even doctors outside our area for additional medical opinions. Before seeking additional medical opinions, you may want to make sure your health plan will cover this expense.
What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?
- Referrals (If you have an HMO or referral bound insurance)
- List of current medications
- Workmen’s Compensation or Auto Insurance – Our office will call for verification and bill the insurance carrier. Please bring a copy of the injury report form, completed by your employer (if workman’s comp). Please bring your auto insurance ID card with you (if auto accident). Please bring your regular health cards with you, as we will need to copy the cards.
What is the recovery process after this procedure?
Wound recovery and rehabilitation programs may be in order after your surgery. The Spring Ridge Surgical Specialists staff will go over the average recovery time for your surgery, or if a long-term program of recovery will be required.
What operation are you recommending?
Your Spring Ridge Surgical Specialists surgeon will be happy to provide an explanation of the type of operation, technique to be used, and reason or reasons why it should be performed at this time. If at all possible, we will provide you with pictures and drawings to increase your understanding of our surgical plan. Feel free to share his information with your family members to help them understand the procedure.
Why do I need the operation?
Make sure you understand the goal of your surgery. You should know whether the goal is to cure your condition, prolong life, or relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.
What are the benefits of having the surgery?
Before proceeding with your surgery, you should understand the expected or possible benefits of doing the procedure.
What are the risks of having the surgery?
Surgery does involve risks and side effects. Generally, the more invasive or complicated the surgery, the greater the risk of side effects. At the time of your surgical consult, your Spring Ridge surgeon will detail the risks of your specific surgery.
Are there alternatives to surgery?
We will be happy to discuss available alternatives to surgery. Sometimes there are non-surgical or medical treatments available. However, if we are recommending the surgery, obviously we believe it is the best alternative available to you at this time.
What is your surgeon’s experience level doing this type of surgery?
How many and how often a surgeon completes a surgery should be of great interest to you. Research has indicated that hospitals and surgeons that perform more surgeries like yours have better outcomes. We will be happy to share our experience level with you at any time.
What will happen if I don’t have this operation?
If you choose not to have the surgery at this time, you should understand what will happen to your health. You should also understand that if the operation is not done now, whether or not it is feasible at a later date. Surgery may be one of several choices, the only treatment available, or only part of an overall treatment strategy that includes other treatments (such as radiation or chemotherapy).