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Pulse Dye Laser


Pre-Operative Information



Thank you for considering The Center For Special Surgery for your upcoming procedure. We’re committed to quality health care.  Proof of this commitment is our Accreditation by The Joint Commission. We’ve been awarded accreditation because we strive to provide the very best care possible, and we’ve proven it by meeting The Joint Commission’s standards for high quality health care.  We look forward to providing you with state of the art medical care with a personal touch of comfort and attention to ensure that you remain comfortable throughout your stay. The following will answer the most commonly asked questions.



Before Your Procedure

Please remember it is extremely important that you follow your physician's instructions regarding preparation.


**If you take any medications on a daily basis and your physician has not discussed this with you, please continue to take your medication the day of your procedure and let the nurse know what you are taking.


**There are no restrictions for food and drink consumption for this procedure.


**Please present all paperwork, if any, given to you by your physician upon arrival at the surgery center.


**Please wear appropriate clothing that allows you to easily remove your shoes, socks and/or stockings for your procedure. We recommend comfortable footwear.



The Pulse Dye Laser

The PhotoGenica® Pulse Dye Laser is renowned for its safety and versatility. Although you may have to come for a series of treatments, the laser offers you superior outcomes with less restrictions during your healing period than other treatments.



Day Of Procedure

You will be notified a day or two before your procedure by our office staff to confirm your admission time.  You will be asked to arrive at the center at a specified time so as not to crowd the waiting area, please make every effort to arrive at your scheduled time.  If at all possible, please do not bring more than one person with you as the waiting room area can become congested.  When you arrive at the center you will need to present your insurance ID card as well as a photo ID and any forms that may be required by your insurance company. Any paperwork given to you by your physician should be presented at this time. If you are married and your spouse has additional insurance coverage, please bring this information along with his/her social security number. A nurse will then obtain your health history and complete a physical assessment. You will be visited in this pre-operative area by your physician and will have the opportunity to ask any last minute questions.When it is time for your procedure, you will be escorted to the surgery center's specially equipped operating room.



During Your Procedure

Throughout the length of your procedure we will monitor your status and help you feel as comfortable as possible. After your procedure, you will be escorted to the recovery area for a short time and  if required, we will  schedule your next appointment. Please keep in mind that the results of any biopsies or cultures taken require a few days to be evaluated and your physician will discuss these with you once he/she receives the results.



Your Discharge

Upon your discharge, unless otherwise instructed, you may continue your normal activities including driving.

  • Apply bandage if bleeding or oozing.

  • Treated area may turn black. This is normal.

  • Use Tylenol or Advil for pain as needed.

  • Rest foot on ice for pain or stinging.

  • Keep shower clean. Use antiviral cleansers such as Clorox or Lysol to prevent spreading the virus to others.

  • Please do not walk around barefoot. This may spread the virus to others as well.

View more detailed post-operative instructions HERE.




The center will bill your insurance directly for your procedure including all supplies.  In addition, your insurance company will be billed separately by your surgeon and, if applicable, the laboratory where specimens or cultures have been sent.



Privacy Practices

The privacy of your medical information is important to us.  We understand that your medical information is personal and we are committed to protecting it. We create a record of the care and services you receive at our facility including any test results that you may have concerning your general health and your specific condition. This information is kept confidential and is generally shared only with your physician(s) and insurance company but may also be disclosed to your lawyer (if applicable and with a signed release) and certain governmental agencies and oversight organizations.  We will not sell your name to any marketing or fundraising companies. View all patient disclosures HERE.  

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