Surgical Services


 
Dr. Espinola is board certified and skilled in the surgical management of diseases of the head and neck. We are credentialed at the best local hospitals and outpatient surgery centers. We utilize state of the art equipment and techniques which will maximize your outcome and minimize your pain and recovery time.
We work closely with surgeons in other specialties and if your surgery is complicated or requires working in an area outside of the head and neck, we may choose to coordinate a joint procedure with one of our colleagues.
Once a decision for surgery has been made our staff will schedule your procedure, advise you of any preoperative testing, contact your insurance company for prior authorization, and answer all your questions.
 
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Out-Patient Surgery

Outpatient surgeries do not require an overnight hospital stay following the procedure. You will arrive at the facility about 1-2 hours before the procedure to check in and you will be able to go home after you are awake and comfortable following your surgery.
 
Examples of common outpatient surgeries:
 
  • Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
  • Ear tube placement
  • Surgery to correct being “tongue-tied"
  • Sinus surgery
  • Nasal surgery, including septoplasty (correction of a deviated septum and turbinate reduction)
 
  • Voice surgery
  • Ear surgery
  • Cosmetic procedures, including rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty, skin cancer graft for reconstruction.
  • Sleep Apnea Surgery
 
Outpatient procedures may require an overnight stay for monitoring if you have certain Medical Information which require additional care. This is a decision that will be made and discussed with you and your primary doctor.

In-patient Surgery

Certain surgeries require post-operative monitoring and care in the hospital. In the event that you require one of these procedures, you will usually arrive at the hospital the morning of your surgery. The amount of time required in the hospital is decided by the complexity of the surgery and the time necessary for you to heal. These expectations will be discussed carefully with you during your appointments prior to surgery.
Examples of common inpatient surgical procedures:
 
  • Thyroid and parathyroid surgery
  • Salivary gland surgery
 
  • Cancer excision and/or reconstruction
  • Airway procedures to improve breathing
 
 

Pre-Op Instructions

In an effort to make your surgical experience as pleasant as possible, please read these instructions. If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office.
Preparing for Your Procedure:
  • After we have scheduled your procedure, you will receive a telephone call from one of our representatives.
  • We will review your pre-op instructions and confirm your arrival time.
  • We will ask you about your health. The information you provide will help us prepare for your procedure.
  • If you suspect that you may be pregnant, please notify your physician. Anesthesia and certain medications can be harmful to your developing baby.
  • If our team has not contacted you by the day before your scheduled procedure, please call the pre-admission nurse at the center where you are having your surgery.
The Night before Your Procedure:
  • Please do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your procedure - including water, gum, mints or vitamins - unless your physician or nurse has given you special instructions stating otherwise. This fasting is very important for your safety. If you do not follow these instructions, your procedure may be delayed or rescheduled.
  • If you are taking medications, the nurse will give you instructions on what you should do. Please bring a list of medications you are taking with you.
The Morning of Your Procedure:
  • Do not eat or drink anything unless you have been given special instructions to do otherwise.
  • Do not wear jewelry, a watch or makeup. If you wear contact lenses, please bring a case and/or your glasses.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Leave valuables and jewelry at home. The surgery center is not responsible for lost articles.
  • A responsible adult must be available to drive you home and remain with your for a designated time following your procedure.
  • Patients under 18 years of age must have a parent or legal guardian with them to sign consent forms.
  • If you are diabetic, we will test your blood sugar upon arrival. If you take insulin, please bring it with you.
  • If you use inhalers, please bring them with you.
  • Bring a list of the names and doses of current medications.
  • Remember to bring your insurance and identification cards with you.
  • Please be prepared to pay any insurance co-pays or other deductibles prior to your procedure.
Arriving at the Surgery Center:
  • Please sign in with the receptionist. Make sure you have proper phone numbers to contact your family or the person bringing you home.
  • The admission nurse will bring you to the pre-op area where you will change into a patient gown and receive further instructions and treatment as necessary to prepare for your procedure.
  • You will meet your anesthesiologist who will answer any of your questions and then you will be taken to the procedure room.
  • The nurse will discuss special feeding instructions with you.
  • On the day of the surgery, one parent must remain in the center at all times.
  • Please bring diapers and a bottle or sippy cup as appropriate for your child.
  • Your child may keep a small toy or special item with him/her for comfort.

Post-Op Instructions

Post-op instructions vary depending on the procedure performed. Your post-op instructions will be given to you before you leave the surgery center. A representative from our office will contact you the following day after your surgery to schedule your post-operative exam.
If you have any questions prior to your post-operative appointment please call our office, 727-553-7100.
Downloadable Post-op Instructions coming soon.