We get many patients from the surrounding states. Apparently competition makes our prices more attractive than they are in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. We have had patients from all these places.
To help our patients that will travel, we wanted to give out a little information. First, we can easily perform an online consult. If you send pictures to Dr. Dunkley –firstname.lastname@example.org – he can give you costs for the procedures and get things moving.
We limit the number of visits you have to make. One is possible, but two is preferred. First visit is three days minimum. Plan to arrive the day before surgery for a face-to-face consult. Your surgery will be the following day. Your first post-op appointment will be the day after surgery. A second visit three to four months out from surgery is ideal.
If you have a tummy tuck, a drain is placed. A physician in your hometown can remove the drain but you must make arrangements beforehand. The drain usually stays in 5-7 days.
We work with a local hotel. They will give surgery patients a discount. They offer a continental breakfast and a small dinner. They can pick you up from the airport and shuttle you to and from the office if needed. The hotel we use is the Crystal Inn located in Murray, Utah. Their number is 888-685-9300.
Unfortunately people don’t always heal as expected. Though uncommon, occasionally you will need a revision or have an issue while healing. You are responsible for getting to my office or finding a physician in your hometown that can help you should the unexpected arise.
You must have a responsible person with you. Even if your surgery is under mild sedation, the drugs are mind-altering and you cannot drive. Nor should you be responsible for your pain medications. There are services that will provide a medically trained person to stay with you should you need it. Even if you traveled far, without someone to stay with you your surgery will be canceled.
Plan to email pictures at the one-month marks so healing can be assessed. Hundreds of patients have used our services. So far the cosmetic vacations have gone perfect.
Out-of-Town Patient Checklist
☐ Online consult including pictures
☐ Cost quote
☐ Surgery date scheduled and deposit paid
☐ Surgery packet received
☐ Surgery packet mailed back to office
☐ Reservations made at hotel – Crystal Inn 888-685-9300
☐ Paid in full 10 days prior to surgery
☐ Prescriptions picked up
☐ Responsible adult or other arrangements