Endocrine Surgery FAQs
Which conditions do you treat?
We treat the following conditions:
How will I be billed for the surgery?
Before the surgery, we will pre-authorize your health insurance, to make sure you are covered for the surgery. Our staff will help guide you through this process.
How do I care for my scar?The ultimate cosmetic result of your incision is dependent in a large degree on your body's natural wound healing properties. Fortunately, neck incisions usually heal very nicely. There are a number of products available without a prescription that you may use to enhance the process of healing.
- Cocoa Butter or unscented hand cream - apply to incision once or twice daily for up to three months.
- Scar Fade cream or strips - apply twice daily for three to four months. These are available online for purchase.
- Mederma® cream - apply three times daily for up to three months.
- Scar therapy pads - worn over incision for 12 hours each day for three months.
How long will my recovery take?Your recovery is linked to the original condition. For example, some patients who have thyroid cancer will take longer to recover than those patients who had surgery for benign thyroid nodules. Your surgeon should be able to give you a good idea of how long it will take to recover.
How should I prepare for surgery?We have prepared a slideshow to prepare patients for surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
Whom do I call if I have a question?Please call our office at 202-877-3158.
For additional information, appointments or patient referrals, please contact us at 202-877-3158.
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