Frequently Asked Questions
What are your office hours?
Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. Clinic hours vary daily, with some occasional evening and Saturday clinic hours .

With which insurance plans do you participate?
Progressive Surgical Associates accepts many insurance plans. Many are listed here. If your insurance company is not listed, call your carrier to see if Dr. Gamagami is an in- or out-of-network provider. Dr. Gamagami is willing to see all patients, however, there may be an increased out-of-pocket expense for those carriers where Dr. Gamagami is out of network.

Do I need to have testing prior to my surgery? What else should I do to prepare for my surgery?
Visit our Pre-Surgical Instructions page here. You should also follow any additional recommendations made to you by your surgeon.

Will I need to do a bowel prep prior to my surgery?
Your surgeon will have given you instructions and a prescription for a bowel prep if it is required for your surgery. In general, procedures that require a bowel prep are colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy, colon surgeries, and some hemorrhoid surgeries.

Do I need to stop eating before my surgery?
You should have nothing to eat or drink after midnight prior to your surgery. A complete fast is required. If you have been instructed to take any medications the morning of surgery, you may do so with a sip of water.

Which of my medications should I take in the weeks, days and morning of my surgery?
Patients are to continue their blood pressure and heart medications. If you normally take these in the morning, you may do so the morning of your surgery with a small sip of water.

Patients should continue any respiratory medications including any inhaler as normal. If you are taking seizure medications, this should be taken as you normally would, as well.

Blood thinning medications (like aspirin, ibuprofen, Coumadin) should be stopped 5-7 days prior to surgery. Please inform the office if you are on these types of medications and the office will instruct you further.

No diet medications can be taken 14 days prior to surgery.

When can I resume normal activity?
Refer to our Post-Surgical Instructions page for general guidelines and guidelines specific to your surgery.

When can I shower?
Refer to our Post-Surgical Instructions page for general guidelines and guidelines specific to your surgery.

When should I arrive at the surgery location?
In general, the hospital or surgery center will want you to arrive about 1 1/2 hours before your scheduled surgery time. The hospital or surgery center will contact you in the days prior to your surgery to obtain information to pre-admit you. They can answer any additional questions you have at that time, as well as confirm your surgery and arrival time. These times are always subject to change.

What type of anesthesia will be used?
Your anesthesiologist will conduct a pre-operative interview with you about your medical history. He or she will then make a determination about what type of anesthesia is most appropriate for you. You will either receive a general anesthetic, which will put you to sleep during your surgery, or in cases of minor surgery, you will receive a local anesthetic, leaving you alert, but pain-free as only the surgical area is anesthetized.

Will I be hospitalized after my surgery?
Most surgeries are performed on an out-patient basis. However, depending on your previous medical condition, and your individual case overall, this is a decision best made on a case-by-case basis.

How should I care for my wound dressing? When may I shower after surgery?
Visit our Post-Surgical Instructions page here. Here you will find general post-surgery guidelines, and for more specifics, there will be links at the bottom for detailed instructions for your post-operative care. If your surgery is not listed, follow the general guidelines and any instructions given to you by your surgeon or the office staff.

How soon after my surgery can I drive?
In many cases, you may resume driving a few days to two weeks after surgery provided you are no longer taking pain medication. (You must arrange for a ride home from your actual surgery.)

If you have had only a minor lump/bump removal under local anesthesia only, you may drive any time after your surgery provided pain, stiffness, or numbness is not hindering your movements necessary for driving. For screening surgeries like endoscopy or colonoscopy, your surgeon may allow driving after 24 hours has elapsed.

Individual cases may vary, however, you must be prepared physically and mentally to handle an emergency situation on the road. For more specific instructions, refer to your surgery listed on the Post-Surgical Instructions page.

Most importantly, use common sense. If you are continuing to take narcotics for pain, or you are impaired physically or cognitively in any way DO NOT DRIVE.

How should I care for my surgical dressing and/or incision?
Find your surgery in the list below. Click the link and it will take you to your post-operative instructions, including Incision Care.

Minor Surgery

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