At no time during the doctor-patient association is a close, personal bond and comfortable working relationship more important than during the time you are recuperating -- the period of post-surgical care. Dr. Coffey believes this is a crucial time - a time when you need and deserve his personal attention. CALL US if you have concerns. Dr. Coffey would rather you call than have a problem from NOT calling.
Dr. Coffey will give each patient his personal cell phone number in case of questions or emergencies. Each of our patients is important and will be able to reach Dr. Coffey anytime.
Prior to surgery, you are given a customized packet of explicit information about the particular operation to be performed. this includes detailed instructions for post-operative care and an outline of what to expect as you heal. With a chance to digest all this before surgery, there are no surprises -- all of which helps to make you better informed and less anxious after surgery.
The day following your operation (or the next day), you will probably be scheduled to come back to the office for a visit. This first visit is to make sure there are no problems and remove your dressings. We want to know that you are comfortable, that you understand all the instructions, and that you are easily able to follow them. We also want to be certain that all your questions are answered.
After the initial check, appointments are appropriately spaced to be sure that healing is progressing as expected and to remove any sutures. We want to be sure that your post-surgical needs are being met to the fullest.
Some patients go through various post-surgical emotional swings. It's not unusual to feel elated one day and then possibly let down the next; to feel excited thinking about all the anticipated improvements one moment, but then to question whether you should have done this at all. Although not everyone experiences these ups and downs, Dr. Coffey and his staff recognize and understand these natural mood swings.
The healing process progresses rapidly during the first few weeks, but actually continues for many months to a year or more following surgery. Dr. Coffey and his staff continue to be there for you during this entire period.