Dr. Timothy McDevitt | The Oculoplastics Center| 1380 Lusitana Street Suite 708 Honolulu, HI 96813 | (808) 599-4755
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1. How long do I need to leave stitches in the operative eye?
If they are not dissolvable stitches, 5-8 days. Most of the time the stitches placed are the dissolvable type.

2. What are the standard prescription instructions for each medication?

For lids and tear duct surgeries, it is ointment 4x per day for 5-8 days then twice per day for two weeks, then at bedtime for one week.

3. After surgery can I return to doing daily routines?
No shower for 24 hours to let the anesthetic wear off. Driving the next day is okay if your vision is not blurry. If you have surgery on both eyes, we advise usually no driving for one week and then to use discretion. No swimming or heavy lifting for two weeks.

4. Can I drive after an in-office procedure?

If you receive sedation, such as Xanax or Clonidine, or a local anesthetic, NO, otherwise yes, depending on the procedure. Always check with the staff before leaving the office.

5. After surgery, how long is the usual recovery time?

80% of the swelling and black and blue is gone in 2-3 weeks. Recovery time varies depending on the patient, though.

6. Can I go back to school or work 1-2 days after surgery?
No, for major procedures, we ask you to do a cold compress for 2 ½ days and then a warm compress.
At least five days off after surgery is desirable and varies due to the nature of the work that was performed. 

7. How much does insurance cover for my surgery and is there a co-payment?

This depends on your insurance plan. We can give you the proposed CPT codes and you can call the insurance company to see about the co-pay and/or deductible amounts, if you wish. The office will also be able to assist you in obtaining this information. You will be asked to pay any surgery co-pays/deductibles/co-insurance two weeks prior to your surgery date.

8. Can Dr. McDevitt see patients in the hospital?
Yes, if patients require Oculoplastics care (fracture of eye socket, laceration of tear duct, among others).

9. Are consultations free?
There is a $50 fee for any consultation in regards to cosmetic procedures. 


10. Can I eat before surgery?
For all same day surgeries and some in-office procedures, you must fast for 8 hours prior. No food or drink is allowed. If you take blood pressure medications, please take them with a sip of water the morning of the procedure. Children must fast for 6 hours before surgery. They can have clear liquids up to 2 hours before, which includes apple juice.

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