Frequently Asked Questions
Preparing for Surgery – What to Expect
What do I need to do before the surgery?
After your examination by one of our doctors, you will meet with our Surgery Coordinator, LaJuan, who will thoroughly explain the procedure to you and answer any of your questions. A prescription for eye drops will also be given to you. Use these drops as directed prior to your surgery.
Will I need to see my medical doctor before surgery?
It is necessary for you to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician for a physical examination, lab tests and any other testing required by him, prior to your surgery. A form will be provided to you for your PCP to complete.
The Day of the Surgery – What to Expect
Where is the surgery performed?
The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis at Thibodaux Laser and Surgery Center, which is located across the hall from the Thibodaux office.
When will I be notified about the time of my surgery?
You will receive a call from the surgery center staff the day before the surgery. They will review your instructions, medications and answer any questions that you may have.
What should I do the morning of the surgery?
You may not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before the surgery. You may take your regular medications with a tiny sip of water with the exception of your diabetic medication. Bring a list of your current medication with you to the surgery center. You should make arrangements for someone to drive you home after the surgery.
How long will I be at Thibodaux Laser and Surgery Center?
You will be at the Surgery Center for approximately two hours. The surgery itself usually takes about ten minutes. However, Preparatory time is needed before the surgery. After a short stay in the recovery area, you will be ready to go home.
Do I need to remove my clothing?
Wear nice comfortable clothing (something that buttons or snaps to avoid pulling anything over your head) and slip on shoes or slippers with socks, as it is cold in the operating room.
After Surgery – What to Expect
Do I have to stay in bed when I get home?
There is no need for you to remain in bed. You may feel more tired than usual because of the anesthesia, however any light activity is acceptable. Over the counter pain medication may be used.
Are there any dietary restrictions?
You may resume your normal dietary habits after surgery.
What else do I need to do to ensure that my surgery is successful?
*Use your eye drops as instructed.
*Be sure not to rub or press on your eye.
*Return for all your post operative appointments as scheduled.