Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Dr. Vigliante is well-versed in the latest techniques in maxillofacial and cosmetic surgery. He will do his best to help you understand and answer any questions you may have regarding your diagnosis and prescribed treatment. Dr. Vigliante believes in the “Team Approach” to patient care. The patient and the doctor should act as a team when deciding on the appropriate treatment. Communication is essential for a favorable outcome.
Dr. Vigliante will discuss your concerns, goals and expectations before recommending a treatment plan. After identifying the treatment plan, Dr. Vigliante will then discuss the procedures in detail, along with the recovery period of each procedure. At Potomac Surgical Arts, our goal is to educate our patients on their options and assist them in making a well informed decision. The consultation appointment is scheduled for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Occasionally, surgery can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan will require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Your surgical referral slip and any X-rays if applicable
- A list of medications you are presently taking
If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
IMPORTANT: All patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.
A pre-operative appointment is mandatory for patients undergoing IV or general anesthesia for surgery. We will inform you if this will be necessary for your scheduled procedure. This appointment is scheduled for 2 weeks prior to the surgical procedure. At this appointment, the treatment plan will be verified, consents will be reviewed and completed, prescriptions given, pre-operative photos taken, post-operative instructions explained, fees collected, lab work reviewed and patient questions will be answered completely.
Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, heart murmurs, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are currently taking any medication or vitamin and herbal supplements (i.e. heart medications, insulin, aspirin, blood-thinners (Coumadin; Plavix), Gingko Bilova, Vitamin E, etc.)
If your dentist or physician has taken x-rays, you may request that they forward them to our office. If there is not enough time, please pick them up and bring them to our office. If additional films are necessary, they can be taken at our facility.
In Case of Emergency
A vital part of our service is being available for your emergency needs. Please explain your problem to our receptionist, who will arrange an immediate appointment for you. Our doctor provides 24-hour emergency coverage.
After hours you can reach the surgeon on call by calling (703) 723-5366. This will page the on call doctor. Please leave your name and call back number (repeated twice) and your call will be returned promptly.