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FAQs

FAQs

It's natural to have questions and concerns about surgery. Our FAQs are here to try and help address some of the more common questions we are asked.

What is the difference between Endoscopy and Laparoscopy?

What is the difference between Endoscopy and Laparoscopy?
What is the difference between Endoscopy and Laparoscopy?

Endoscopy procedures usea long flexible tube with a tiny camera that allows the doctor to see inside of different parts of the body like the the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine and colon.  Endoscopy is primarily a This  diagnostic procedure, for example confirming an ulcer or finding the cause of rectal bleeding.

Laparoscopy is a way of performing a minimally invasive surgery. Instead of making a large incision (or cut) for certain operations, the doctor makes tiny incisions and insert thin instruments and a camera into an area, such as into the abdomen, to view the internal organs and repair or remove tissue. There are times laparoscopy can be diagnostic and therapeutic, where the condition can be taken care of during the procedure. Usually laparoscopy means less hospitalization, less incisional pain and quicker recovery.

What instructions should I follow before surgery?

What instructions should I follow before surgery?
What instructions should I follow before surgery?

Here are some general instructions before surgery. Please be sure to follow any additional instructions provided to you by Dr. Kampfe, the anesthesiologist, or other medical professional. If you have any questions, please call our office.

  • Arrange for a family member or friend to bring you to and from surgery and stay with you for 24 hours.
  • Remove all jewelry, including all body piercing jewelry.
  • Do not wear makeup on the day of surgery. Remove all fingernail and toenail polish.
  • Wear your glasses instead of contacts on the day of surgery.
  • Do not eat or drink 24 hours prior to surgery unless otherwise instructed. This means that you cannot drink any liquids, eat food, chew gum, or have a mint. If you brush your teeth, do not swallow any water. For pediatric patients, we try to schedule them as the first surgery in the morning.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol 24 hours prior to surgery.
  •  If instructed, take medication with a sip of water only.
  • Bring all of your current medications with you so the anesthesiologist can evaluate them. This includes vitamins, aspirin, ibuprofen, herbal remedies - anything you take.
  • Please notify us if you have any sensitivities or allergies such as latex, betadine, etc. For pediatric patients, please also notify us of any intolerances or feeding problems.
  • Please notify us if you have any issues specifically related to surgery such as problems with anesthesia.
  • For pediatric patients, please notify us if your child was a premie.

If you or anyone in your household is sick with a cold, persistent cough, fever, or any other health related problems prior to surgery, please contact Dr. Kampfe as he may recommend rescheduling surgery.

Do I need a living will?

Do I need a living will?
Do I need a living will?

You may want to consider preparing an Advance Directive. An Advance Directive is a written, legal document in which you state your choices for health care, or name someone to make such choices for you, if you become unable to make your own decisions about medical treatment. Common types of advance directives are a living will and power of attorney for health care.

If you have an advance directive, please bring a copy with you the day of surgery.

 

Can my family and friends be informed about my surgery?

Can my family and friends be informed about my surgery?
Can my family and friends be informed about my surgery?

Yes, with your written permission, we can share your health information with family, relatives, friends, or others you specify.  You will be given a form on which you can provide permission.

 

 

Is surgery appropriate or should I wait?

Is surgery appropriate or should I wait?
Is surgery appropriate or should I wait?

Dr. Kampfe will talk with you in detail with regard to your specific condition and treatments for your best health outcome. There at times that Dr. Kampfe recommends that surgery be delayed if there are other health conditions or factors that need to be addressed first.

 
 

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