Q. What can I expect during my initial visit?

A. The initial visit is an opportunity to meet Dr. Schmitt and discuss to give you an idea of what treatment options are available.

Q. If I decide to have surgery, when can it be scheduled?

A. Dr. Schmitt will explain how and when you can schedule surgery. The scheduling depends on availability, and for certain cases, insurance pre certification.

Q. How much is the surgery going to cost?

A. Many eyelid procedures are covered by insurance.  Dr. Schmitt and his staff will discuss fees for non-covered services.

Q. When is payment for surgery due?

A. If the service is not covered by insurance, the full fee is due before the surgery is performed.

Q. Where will my surgery be performed?

A. Surgery is typically performed at The Minneapolis Eye Center in Golden Valley, MN.

Q. Will my surgery be performed under general or local anesthesia?

A. Most eyelid procedures are performed with monitored anesthesia care and local anesthesia (MAC/local).  Others may be done with local anesthesia only, or may require general anesthesia.

Q. How much time should I plan to take off work following surgery?

A. Normally most patients feel comfortable returning to work and resuming their social activities in about one to two weeks. This may vary depending on your type of procedure and how quickly you heal.

Q. Is there anything I should do to prepare for my surgery beforehand?

A. Yes!

  • A preoperative physical is required within 30 days of the procedure.
  • Avoid medications which thin the blood for one to two weeks prior to surgery. These include aspirin, ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin, Excedrin, Plavix and Coumadin. Please discuss this Dr. Schmitt and your prescribing doctor.  Also avoid vitamins E & C and herbal supplements such as Gingko Biloba and St. John’s Wart.
  • Make arrangements for someone to pick you up the day of your surgery and someone to stay with you for at least the first 6 hours.
Q. What should I avoid during my recovery period?

A. Refrain from doing any activity that has the potential to raise your blood pressure such as exercising, bending, lifting, and brisk walking. Do not drink alcoholic beverages. Do not take medicines or supplements which thin the blood. The doctor will inform you when it is safe to resume these activities.

Q. When will my first follow up appointment be scheduled?

A. Anywhere from 1 – 7 days following surgery. Dr. Schmitt will determine this on the day of your procedure. You will be given an appointment for your first post operative visit along with detailed instructions which you must follow carefully.

Q. Can I do anything to minimize bruising and swelling?

A. Yes.

  • Sleep in a reclining (not horizontal) position for 1 week following surgery to minimize the collection of fluids in the face and eyelids.
  • Follow the instructions you will be given about making and administering your cold compresses. These will not only reduce bruising and swelling but will maximize and promote healing.
  • Take Arnica prior to surgery and during your recovery. Arnica is a natural and potent supplement which minimizes bruising and swelling and comes in a packet with instructions. For many years our patients have relied on Arnica to help them return to their daily activities as soon as possible. Arnica is available on the internet, in health food stores, or occasionally your doctor’s office.