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What to consider when you have a high-deductible insurance plan

What to consider when you have a high-deductible insurance plan

Anyone having surgery will probably have a few out-of-pocket costs that aren’t covered by health insurance. But if you have a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), your costs may be quite a bit higher. 

Because of that, it’s a good idea to do some planning before surgery so you can get a clearer picture of what your costs will be and make a plan for paying them.

The deductible, in health insurance terms, is the amount that you have to pay before the insurance company starts helping with the costs. 

How to Prevent Getting Sick Before Surgery

How to Prevent Getting Sick Before Surgery

Your outpatient surgery may be cancelled if you have an upper respiratory illness or infection. This is because of an increased risk for breathing difficulties while under anesthesia in patients who have upper respiratory illnesses (e.g.,influenza). Meanwhile, an upper respiratory, gastrointestinal, or urinary tract bacterial infection can worsen if the surgery goes forward (although a minor infection may not necessitate postponement of your surgery). 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Prior to Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Prior to Surgery

The following are four frequently-asked questions (FAQs) by patients preparing for most types of outpatient surgery. At Specialty Surgical Center, we provide outpatient surgeries to treat diverse medical conditions requiring surgical correction. While the instructions for surgery preparation are mainly specific to that type of surgery, there are some general commonalities to any outpatient surgery preparation (as addressed below).

Question 1 – Why Can’t I Eat or Drink Right Before Surgery?

Do I Need Surgery to Remove a Lipoma?

Do I Need Surgery to Remove a Lipoma?

If you have a lipoma (fatty tumor) under your skin, most of the time you won’t need to have it surgically removed. If you do need surgery, you’ll probably be able to go home the same day and return to work within a few days to a week.

Lipomas are benign (noncancerous) growths made up of fat cells.  About 1 percent of us will develop a lipoma. They’re most common among people between ages 40 and 60.

What causes lipomas?

Doctors aren’t sure why lipomas form. They appear to run in families and sometimes seem to be triggered by an injury to the skin.

Do Over-the-Counter or Home Remedies for Surgical Scars Work?

Do Over-the-Counter or Home Remedies for Surgical Scars Work?

Surgery can correct health problems and sometimes even save your life. Unfortunately, it also sometimes leaves you with a scar or two.

Surgical techniques have improved tremendously in the last few decades so that more and more procedures can be done with small incisions that don’t leave big scars. Whenever possible, surgeons try to make those incisions in the least noticeable places.

What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and How Is It Treated?

What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and How Is It Treated?

If you have numbness, tingling, or pain in your hand or arm, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome. It’s important to see a doctor if you have these symptoms because if the problem isn’t treated, it will get worse, and you can develop nerve damage.

People develop carpal tunnel symptoms when the median nerve is compressed. This is a nerve that gives feeling to all our fingers except the pinky. It also controls some muscles around the base of the thumb. 

What to Expect with Ankle Fusion Surgery

What to Expect with Ankle Fusion Surgery

If you have severe arthritis in your ankle, your doctor may recommend ankle fusion surgery. Deciding to have any kind of surgery is always a big decision, and you probably have plenty of questions.

Here are some of the questions we often hear from people considering ankle fusion, and the answers to those questions.

Who is a good candidate for ankle fusion?

Is it time for a knee replacement?

Is it time for a knee replacement?

Knee replacement is one of the most common surgeries in the U.S.—doctors perform more than 600,000 operations per year.

Also called knee arthroplasty, knee replacement surgery is generally considered safe and effective. It can relieve pain for people whose arthritis has caused serious knee deterioration and can allow them to become more active again.

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