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Out of Town Patients Guide for Orbital Decompression

In this week’s episode of Thyroid Thursday, Dr. Raymond Douglas shares all of the information in his out of town patients guide so you know what to expect if you need to travel to Los Angeles for your orbital decompression. At our practice, we evaluate thyroid eye disease patients from all over the country and the world. In fact, over 50% of our patients fly in from out of town to have surgery with Dr. Douglas. Thus, we have created a very organized system to guide our out of town patients to make the process as easy as possible.

Step 1 – Inquiry

Out of town patients generally find us through Facebook, google search, YouTube, etc., and submit an inquiry through our website to see if we can help them with their thyroid eye disease. Once we receive the email, we will request some preliminary information from the patient so Dr. Douglas can begin to evaluate your case.

Step 2 – Medical History

Our patient coordinator will request you email us your medical history, including any previous surgeries or medication you may be currently taking.

Step 3 – Imaging (CT of the Orbits)

If you have not yet had a CT scan, Dr. Douglas will request you have one done as they are very useful in guiding the therapies he will use for your treatment.

Step 4 – Video Interview

Once we have all of the previous information from you, we can schedule your video interview/consultation with Dr. Douglas. You may have several video calls with Dr. Douglas so he can continue to learn more about your goals for surgery. As a very experienced orbital decompression surgeon, Dr. Douglas knows that everyone’s goals are different. The goal for some patients is to achieve comfort, while others’ top priority is to look like they did before the disease. So Dr. Douglas takes all the time necessary to discuss these goals with his patients and determine what is realistic.

Furthermore, Dr. Douglas will examine your eyes and face via video call so he can determine the best treatment options for you. Based on his evaluation, he will create a customized treatment plan for you that best suits your needs and goals. He will also assess any potential risks and let you know what those are so you can make the best decision for yourself.

Step 5 – In-Person Visit / Pre-Op Visit

You will come to LA a day or two before your surgery to finally meet with Dr. Douglas in person! At this time you will both continue to discuss the treatment plan and make sure it is still exactly what you want. Dr. Douglas will also review your recovery protocol, treatments risks and overall goals so you are ready for surgery.

Step 6 – Surgery

In most cases, surgery will be performed at an outpatient surgery center and you will be able to go to your hotel or Airbnb the same day to start recovering. If you would like, our concierge team can provide you with hotel and transportation recommendations to help make your trip to Los Angeles as easy and stress-free as possible.

Step 7 – Recovery in LA

You will need to spend three to seven days in LA after your surgery. During this time your body will be healing and you will continue to see Dr. Douglas several times before you go home.

Step 8 – Coordinated Aftercare

After years of operating on out of town patients, Dr. Douglas knows you will want to get home as soon as possible. So instead of requiring you to stay in LA for almost two weeks until it is time for your stitches to come out, he actually takes great pride in working closely with your health providers at home so they can remove the sutures, etc.

Are you ready to come to LA for surgery?

At the International Orbital Institute, our orbital decompression surgery is very customized and unique so our patients can have the best experience possible. Because patients from around the world seek out surgery with Dr. Douglas in Los Angeles, we have created this out of town patient guide to make your surgical planning as easy as possible. If you are interested in learning more about our fly-in programs, please contact our office today – 310.657.4302!

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