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What should I expect on my first appointment?
Located in a serene setting on Cattlemen Road just east of I-75, SIR is located on the first floor of the new Axcess Center. Please arrive about 15 minutes before your appointment. You will be greeted by one of our patient advocates; they are highly trained and compassionate individuals who will collect your pertinent information and work with your insurance company.
You will then have a consultation with Dr. Grubbs who will review your medical history and discuss your planned course of treatment. He will take you step-by-step through the process so that you are informed and aware. Before leaving the office, you will receive written instructions on how to prepare for your treatment.
What is required the night before my procedure?
Generally, you will be told to have nothing to eat or drink after midnight on the day of your procedure, unless you were instructed to take your usual medications with a sip of water. It is crucial you follow the instructions you were given.
You will receive a mild anesthesia, so you will need to make arrangements to have someone drive you home after treatment. Your friend or family member is welcome to wait at SIR during your treatment, or we will be happy to call and tell your driver when to come for you.
What happens the day of my procedure?
A nurse and a board-certified anesthesiologist will prepare you for your treatment. You will be administered what is called “conscious sedation,” another of the benefits of minimally invasive treatment, which will allow you to wake up right after your procedure. In the extremely rare circumstance of complications, Dr. Grubbs is on site and available.
What happens when I go home?
Discharge instructions will depend on the procedure you had. It is essential you follow these instructions carefully.
If your procedure involved the use of a catheter, you may feel a degree of tenderness for several days following your procedure at the site where the catheter entered. This is perfectly normal. Generally, there is little or no bleeding around the site and the tenderness will pass. If there the tenderness continues or if there is bleeding or excessive oozing from the site, call us or your referring physician immediately.
Will you accept my insurance?
SIR accepts insurance from most carriers and from Medicare. If we are not under contract with your insurance company, we will work with you and them to ensure payment.