What to expect the day of surgery?
1. What do I need to do before surgery?
Do not eat or drink anything (not even gum) after midnight the night before your procedure (except medicines with sips of water), unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon. An empty stomach is very important during surgery.
2. When will I meet my ACNC anesthesiologist?
You will have chance to meet and talk with your anesthesiologist the day of your surgery. If you have significant medical problems, our physician's assistant will work with you, your surgeon and your primary care physician so we can thoroughly review your case and medical history.
1. What happens before my surgery?
You will be checked in by the pre-op nurse and an IV will be inserted. You will meet the OR nurse, the certified nurse anesthetist (CRNA) and the anesthesiologist. The anesthesiologist will perform a focused medical and surgical history followed by a detailed plan for your anesthesia care. If you are having a nerve block, the regional anesthetic will be performed in the pre-op area before going to surgery.
1. What happens after my surgery?
We discontinue the anesthetic, which allows you to wake up. You will be transported to the Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), where you will recover from the anesthesia. You will be monitored and administered pain medications by a PACU nurse under the direction of the anesthesiologist until you are admitted to the floor (inpatient) or discharged home (outpatient).
1. Why did I receive a separate bill for my anesthesia?
Our anesthesia providers are not employed by the facilities where we provide care. Fees for anesthesia are billed separately. You may receive separate bills from the surgeon, hospital, or surgery center for their fees.
2. Will I receive an additional bill from the hospital for Anesthesia?
Hospitals and surgery centers often include in their bill any supplies, equipment and medications related to anesthesia, but not anesthesia services.
3. Does Anesthesiology Consultants of North Carolina accept my insurance?
We participate with many of the area’s major insurance carriers, including many smaller insurance providers. Please contact our billing partner, abeo, at 888-276-1910 to see if we accept your carrier.
4. Did you bill my insurance?
We make every attempt to file a claim with your insurance carrier you provided the facility where your procedure is performed before sending you a statement. Depending on your health care plan, you may be required to pay a portion of the bill as a result of your plan’s deductible, co-insurance and/or co-pay. For specific details on your obligations, please contact your insurance carrier.
5. How do I pay my bill?
To pay your bill online by credit card, click here. When paying by personal check, please make checks payable to Anesthesia Consultants of North Carolina PLLC and include the bottom portion of your statement when mailing. To pay your bill by phone or discuss other payment options, please call our billing partner, abeo, at 888-276-1910.
6. What if I do not have insurance?
Payment alternatives are available for those individuals that may be uninsured or unable to pay due to financial hardships. To apply for financial assistance, please contact Cone Health Patient Financial Services at 336-832-8014 or 866-479-8800. To discuss payment options please contact our billing partner, abeo, at 888-276-1910.