Scheduling a Surgery Date

Scheduling your surgery date is based on either your insurance being approved or if you are OOP, having financing secured and being ready to pay.

Dr. Gallagher is typically booked 2-3 months out for surgery. Dates will be given on a first approved/ready to a first replied basis. Meaning if we have several cases approved and you are contacted, the sooner you contact us back for a date the sooner you will secure a surgery date.

If your schedule will not allow for this timeline, please let us know any important details about your insurance including it terming (ending), plans to move or inability to take the necessary time off to recover. The more we know about particulars of your situation the more we can try and work with you. If we cannot accommodate your timeline nor needs, we will ask that you work with us again when the time is better for you to allow for the process to be completed as needed.

If you are moving forward as an out-of-pocket patient surgery scheduling is slightly different. Once we have seen you for your initial consultation and Dr. Gallagher and you agree to move forward with surgery, you will be given a quote on surgery costs and you will need to secure financing to pay for your surgery. OOP procedures can be scheduled 30+ days out from your initial consultation based on her schedule availability and yours. Once a surgery date is agreed upon, you will be sent official documents about all costs and who, how and when to pay.

  • It is important to know that if you choose to move forward with an OOP procedure, you will not be able to go back and appeal to your insurance for repayment or authorization. You will be asked to sign a Financial Responsibility Statement advising that once payment is received and the procedure is completed, all other options for coverage will be waived.

There are several other items that can cause a delay in surgery scheduling. Primarily your health not being in good standing or not completing labs or treatment that are required before your surgery can be done. The following are common occurrences in delayed surgery scheduling:

  • Not stopping smoking. You will be required to be smoke-free for several weeks (to be determined by Dr. Gallagher) before surgery. You will be given a nicotine test and should you fail, surgery would be cancelled and not rescheduled until you pass.
  • Hair removal completion. If your surgery requires hair removal to be completed prior to a procedure, we cannot schedule surgery until that has been confirmed.
  • Required weight loss goal not met. Some of our procedures will require you to lose weight and lower your BMI before it will be considered safe for you to undergo surgery. Surgery cannot be scheduled until this goal has been met.
  • Not maintaining proper health. If you have secondary health conditions, diabetes, anemia, weight gain in excess, etc., we may have to delay your scheduled surgery or delay in scheduling initially.
  • Labs or other testing like mammograms, not being completed on a timely basis.