Get answers to frequently asked questions at Surgical Specialists of Carolina

What will my first appointment be like?

At your first appointment, we’ll review your medical history and ask you a series of questions that will help give us a better understanding of your condition(s) and needs. Based on your initial conversation, Dr. Mason will advise you on next steps. This could include lab testing or diagnostic imaging. You’ll be given time to ask questions, and Dr. Mason will always make sure you’re up to speed with the status of your treatment.

How should I prepare for surgery that involves general anesthesia?

First and foremost, you should follow the specific instructions given to you by Dr. Mason. In general, you’ll want to stop eating at least six hours before your procedure. You’ll probably be advised to stop eating before midnight on the night before your operation. You may be asked to take your regular medications with a small sip of water, but you’ll need to stop drinking at least two hours before your operation.

Will my varicose vein treatment be covered by insurance?

Certain varicose vein treatments are covered, and others are not. In order for varicose vein treatments to be covered, the procedure will need to be considered medically necessary. That means your varicose veins need to be causing symptoms. Contact our office and we’ll be happy to discuss your insurance coverage.

What are the qualifications for weight loss surgery?

In order to qualify for weight loss surgery, you must be either above 40 BMI, or above 35 BMI with at least one related condition. Please see our weight loss surgery page for some examples of related conditions.

What does “minimally invasive surgery” mean?

Minimally invasive surgery refers to procedures that can now be performed without large, open incisions. Laparoscopic surgery is the most well known example of minimally invasive surgery.

Are there any differences between acid reflux and GERD?

No. Acid reflux is the more well known term, but gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is the official medical name for the disease.

If you have any questions, please call 828-585-2575. You can also request an appointment by phone or by using our easy online form.