For Patients Traveling from out of State or the United States
New England Center for Pelvic Health has patients coming to our website site from outside our borders. Dr. Lucas is honored to participate in the care of ALL people. Dr. Lucas speaks Portuguese and Spanish fluently (and is working on his Francais! Merci de votre patience). We are happy to accommodate visitors from all parts of the world. Our team will arrange every aspect of your visit. Contact us for more information and options.
Starting the Process
- Patients submit their appointment requests via the New England Center for Pelvic Health website
- We will contact you to arrange for email delivery of digital intake forms
- If you decide to proceed we will need medical records forwarded to New England Center for Pelvic Health. These may include but are not limited to:
- Operative notes
- Surgical photographs if done
- Pathology reports
- CT scan reports & discs with actual imaging
- Ultrasound reports
Once appropriate medical records have been received & reviewed your telehealth consultation can be scheduled. We will consider telehealth versus in-person consultation depending on legal restrictions regarding medical licensing. The consult includes a detailed review of your full medical, surgical, obstetric & gynecologic history. The consultation also includes an explanation of our philosophy/services regarding the treatment of pelvic pain. We will discuss medical and surgical options for intervention. This may include endometriosis by excision (surgical removal of all visible endometriosis and associated fibrosis/scarring), with adequate margins, and restoration of normal anatomy. We will discuss a detailed, personalized treatment plan as well as any additional testing that might be recommended. There will be ample time for you to have all your questions answered & concerns discussed.
Pre-operative Visit & Day of Surgery
If you decide to proceed with surgery an operative date which works well with your schedule will be chosen. Patients typically need to arrive in the area 1-2 days prior to their surgery date for a pre-operative visit which is scheduled at New England Center for Pelvic Health in Freeport. At this visit, you will have a physical exam & the details of your procedure will be reviewed. You will be sent for lab work as needed & given instructions for a pre-operative bowel prep. You will also be provided with directions and specific details for the day of surgery.
Patients report to the surgical facility the morning of surgery and most are discharged the day of surgery or the next morning. Patients who have bowel involvement and/or excision will usually be admitted to the hospital for 2-3 days. This way the entire process is completed in 1 trip. Postoperative patients are expected to stay in the area for at least a day after discharge to ensure you are stable & ready for travel. Dr. Lucas is in contact with the patient while she is recovering from surgery.
Billing & Fees
The Hospital Facility Fee is the most costly part of surgical care. Hospital facility-related services include the operating room, recovery room, medical and surgical supplies, hospital-based nurse-anesthetists (they help the Anesthesiologist but are employed by the hospital), and laboratory testing. Patients from outside the USA generally do not have health insurance. For patients from outside the USA, we will have set up a plan for the Hospital Facility Fee, based on the length of the surgical procedure.
This will cover everything from when you arrive at the hospital till when you leave the hospital. When surgery is scheduled, there are specific people you will be placed in contact with and they will help you through the process of the Facility Fee, Anesthesia and Pathology.
Your Trip To Maine & The New England Center for Pelvic Health
Freeport/Portland Maine is a beautiful coastal area of the Eastern US with many excellent restaurants, great shopping & unlimited attractions such as LL Bean’s, quaint lighthouses, beaches & the rocky coastline. There are many activities & and events throughout the year.
FLIGHTS Most people fly in & out of the Portland MAINE Jetport. Boston Logan Airport is about 90-mile drive from Southern Maine with excellent bus service to this area.
LODGING A number of local hotels offer discounted stays for our surgical patients. Our website contains links to these hotels & our staff will be happy to answer your questions.
TRANSPORTATION There is not good public transportation between the airport, our office and the surgical facilities. Options for getting around include rental car, taxi service & uber.
Conditions We Treat
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Minimally Invasive Surgery
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