Albert J. Dal Canto, M.D. -- Cosmetic & Reconstructive Eye Surgery
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Albert J. Dal Canto, M.D. -- Cosmetic & Reconstructive Eye Surgery
Albert J. Dal Canto, M.D. -- Cosmetic & Reconstructive Eye Surgery
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Albert J. Dal Canto, M.D. -- Cosmetic & Reconstructive Eye Surgery


Q.       What can I expect during my initial visit?

A.       Dr. Dal Canto will meet with you and discuss your concerns.  He will provide you a thorough examination, often involving at least a partial eye exam.  He will then discuss your diagnosis, answer questions, and review treatment and/or surgery options with you. 

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Q.       If I decide to have surgery, when can it be scheduled?

A.       Your surgery can be scheduled based on Dr. Dal Canto’s surgery schedule and your convenience.  Usually 3-4 weeks are necessary to obtain insurance preauthorization, if required. 

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Q.       How much is the surgery going to cost?

A.       Each patient is different and has his or her own combination of problems, options, concerns and structural/functional and aesthetic goals which must be addressed individually and personally.  As a result, cost of various procedures and options will be reviewed with you after your initial visit. 

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Q.       When is payment for surgery due?

A.       If the service is not covered by insurance, payment is due before the surgery is performed.

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Q.       Where will my surgery be performed?

A.       Dr. Dal Canto operates predominately at the Alta View Hospital outpatient surgery center.  If your insurance is not accepted by Alta View Hospital, he can perform your surgery at a different facility, such as the SouthTowne Surgery Center. 

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Q.       Will my surgery be performed under general or local anesthesia?

A.       Most of the surgeries done by Dr. Dal Canto can be performed either under general or local anesthesia with sedation.  He will discuss the options with you when deciding upon the surgery and you will make the decision together.

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Q.       How much time should I plan to take off work following surgery?

A.       Most patients feel comfortable returning to work and resuming their social activities in about one to two weeks. This may vary depending on your type of procedure, how quickly you heal, and the nature of your job.

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Q.       Is there anything I should do to prepare for my surgery beforehand?

A.       Yes!

  • You may need to see your primary care physician or internist 3-4 weeks prior to your surgery for standard preoperative clearance, including blood work and an EKG. 

  • Avoid medications which thin the blood for 2-3 weeks prior to surgery. These include aspirin, Excedrin, vitamins E & C, and herbal supplements such as Gingko Biloba and St. John’s Wart.  Ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin, and related medicines should be avoided for 5 days before surgery.  Coumadin and Plavix also need to be stopped (generally 3 and 5-7 days preoperatively respectively), which may require clearance from your cardiologist or internist.  Coumadin may be resumed 3-7 days following surgery depending on the procedure.

  • Make arrangements for someone to pick you up the day of your surgery and someone to stay with you for at least the first 8 hours.

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Q.       What should I avoid during my recovery period?

A.       Refrain from doing any activity that has the potential to raise your blood pressure such as exercising, bending, lifting, brisk walking and sexual activity. Do not drink alcoholic beverages. Do not take medicines or supplements which thin the blood. You will have these restrictions generally for 1 week after surgery.

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Q.       When will my first follow up appointment be scheduled?

A.       Anywhere from 5-8 days following surgery. You will be given an appointment for your first post operative visit along with detailed instructions which you must follow carefully.

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Q.       When will my stitches be removed?

A.       Normally in about one week, or when the wound is adequately healed.

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Q.       Can I do anything to minimize bruising and swelling?

A.       Yes.

  • Use plenty of cold packs, especially for the first 3-4 days after surgery.  Frozen peas in a Ziploc bag work very well for this purpose.  Swelling and bruising are normally the worst 24-36 hours after surgery, but cold packs starting immediately after surgery help tremendously.

  • Sleep in a reclining (not horizontal) position for 3-5 days following surgery to minimize the collection of fluids in the face and eyelids.

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Albert J. Dal Canto, M.D. -- Cosmetic & Reconstructive Eye Surgery
Albert J. Dal Canto, M.D. -- Cosmetic & Reconstructive Eye Surgery
Albert J. Dal Canto, M.D. -- Cosmetic & Reconstructive Eye Surgery
Albert J. Dal Canto, M.D. -- Cosmetic & Reconstructive Eye Surgery