Out of Town Patient Travel
If you wish to travel from outside New York to have surgery with me, my office has optimized the process into the seven steps below to ensure that you have a comfortable, safe, and efficient experience. We will help you every step along the way! Click on one of the seven steps below for more information.
1. Complete your consultation form
You must request and complete a consultation form from my office as the first step in the process. This form will help determine if you are a good candidate for surgery. To request the form, email my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 212-231-9897. If you have any questions about the form or any trouble completing it, please call our office or my surgical coordinator Abby directly at 646-665-3601.
2. Send us your photos
Please send us your photos via email to email@example.com. I need clear photos of your front and side views. Photos should be taken in good lighting and clearly show your areas of concern. Photos can be also sent to us via regular mail if need be.
3. Phone or Video Consultation
We will set up a time for a phone consultation with Dr. Zuckerman once we receive your photos and consultation forms to discuss the specific procedures you are interested in and determine if you are a candidate for surgery. Dr. Zuckerman will explain to you what the surgery entails and will also answer all your questions. Our phone consultation fee is $100 payable by credit card prior to consultation. If you schedule a procedure, the $100 will be applied to your procedure. This fee is not meant to be punitive, but Dr. Zuckerman receives many requests for consultation and must allocate his time to those prospective patients most interested in having surgery.
4. Schedule Your Procedure
Once you have completed your consultation, our office manager will give you a quote for your procedure and help you pick a date for your surgery. A deposit of $500 is required to book your surgery date.
5. Read and sign
After you have scheduled your surgery, we will send you a packet containing pre and post operative instructions, as well as consent forms for your procedure. Please read all the documents carefully, initial each page, and sign them. If you have any questions, please email or call us. Dr. Zuckerman will review the consents as well as the instructions with you prior to surgery.
6. Required Clearance / Labs
You will need a medical clearance from your doctor and routine blood tests prior to surgery. We recommend you schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as you schedule your surgery so you have sufficient time to be seen. The tests must be done 14 days before the day of your surgery so that there is sufficient time to obtain and review the results. The exact tests that must be ordered will be determined by your age, general health and planned procedures. We will send you the list of required lab work and medical clearance after reviewing your consultation form.If you are considering breast surgery, and you are over the age of 35, you need to have a mammogram. This must be arranged in advance. If you have had a mammogram, it must have been done within the previous 12 months to be valid. You will need to send us the report. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you may need a mammogram even if you are under the age of 35.You will need prescription medications after your surgery. These medications should be filled out at least one day before surgery. You can choose to obtain them in New York after your arrival.
7. Travel Plans
When making your travel plans, you will need to arrive at least one full day prior to your procedure and see the doctor for your pre-operative visit. We will email you consent forms and instructions prior to surgery which Dr. Zuckerman will review with you at your pre-operative visit. You will need to stay at least a week in New York before you can return home. The exact amount of time depends on your procedure and how far you are traveling. You will need to have an adult with you throughout your stay. If you do not have someone that could accompany you, we can help you arrange for a caretaker to take care of you after your surgery. We can assist you with booking a hotel in midtown Manhattan convenient to our surgical facility, and with arranging air travel and car service. Please contact my office at 212-231-9897 or call my surgical coordinator Melisa directly at 646-665-3601 for assistance.