My Top Surgery 1/5: Pre-Op Requirements [with Dr. Garramone]

Dr. Garramone is a well-known plastic surgeon and having seen a lot of his work, I opted to go with him. It was cost effective even with travel. Surgery fees were $5700, travel adds up to about $1000 and food / misc spending is somewhere between $150 so far. All in all…a pretty good run.

The Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Institute is the office Dr. Garramone works out of and after my appointment was set, his Office Manager sent me the required prescriptions and instructions. Here are some details from the Pre-Op packet:

  • Required paperwork included a letter from a Gender Therapist or your Primary Care Physician, Copy of ID and Birth Certificate, Medical Clearance [lab work on your blood and a physical] and photographs of your chest.
  • All surgery fees are to be paid in full 2 weeks prior to surgery. I had a slight delay on my bank loan and was able to pay half at the 2 week mark and the other half as soon as my loan money cleared in my account.
  • Do not smoke at least 2 weeks prior to surgery, this can interfere with healing.
  • If you take prescribed aspirin or blood thinners contact the physician who ordered them to work out when to stop and resume around your surgery.
  • Do not take any ibuprofen, herbal products, aspirin, vitamin E or diet pills for at least two weeks prior to surgery. These can interfere with bleeding or anesthesia.
  • Prescriptions given to you before surgery need to be filled by the date of your surgery.
  • You are not permitted to drive home from the hospital so ensure you have a responsible adult to take you home.
  • Have a responsible adult scheduled to stay with you for 24 hours after surgery.
  • Lab work and physical need to be completed within a month of your surgery. Results need to be sent in to the office by the time of your pre-op appointment.
  • Report ANY colds, fevers or infections within two weeks of surgery.

There was also a rather lengthy list of medications, herbal supplements, etc that needed to be discontinued 14-21 days prior to surgery. The only pain reliever you should take in that time period is Tylenol. All medications you take need to be cleared by Dr. Garramone. I was cleared to remain on Testosterone [I’ve now been on it for 2 years so it’s worse on my body to stop]. If you want a copy of the pre-op packet, I will gladly send it to you.

Up next…my Pre-Op Appointment.


1 Response to “My Top Surgery 1/5: Pre-Op Requirements [with Dr. Garramone]”

  1. 1 Ryan
    April 21, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Hey Isaac!

    I am looking to be going to garramone for surgery in the later part of this year, I was wondering if you could let me know where you stayed whilst you were in Florida?

    Just so I can get some recommendations as to good places to stay (looking for something relatively cheap) and some where fairly close to the surgery centre because I will likely be having to get taxis as I will be the only qualified driver whilst there.

    If you could get back to me this would be great!


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