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(From the January 2017 Issue of MedStat)

Postnatal Circumcision Referrals
Patients needing routine postnatal circumcisions (no chordee, hypospadias or other concerns) may be referred to either Pediatric Surgery or Urology for evaluation and circumcision. If the wait time to see either group is longer than two weeks, the scheduling staff will offer to the family the opportunity to schedule with whichever service has the soonest opening. Timeliness of the appointment is important because families appreciate having the circumcision completed in a clinic rather than operating room setting where co-pays/deductibles are higher and to avoid the need for general anesthesia. This time frame is not applicable to older, larger patients who cannot be circumcised in the clinic setting.

Same Day Surgery Now Available
The Section of Pediatric Surgery is now offering a same day surgery program for outpatient surgeries at the Westerville Surgery Center. Identified patients are seen in clinic in the morning and receive surgery in the afternoon, upon diagnosis confirmation. Follow up is typically completed via phone call from a nurse.

Same Day Surgery is reserved for patients with definite surgical conditions that can be treated on an outpatient basis. Potential diagnoses include:

  • Umbilical hernias
  • Epigastric hernias
  • Inguinal hernias
  • Hydroceles
  • Undescended testicles, greater than 12 mo of age
  • Lumps, bumps or cysts
  • Branchial remnants
  • Thyroglossal duct cysts
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Circumcisions over 4 mo of age

Same day surgeries have been offered on a limited basis throughout 2016. The program has been met with a 98 percent patient satisfaction rate and average savings of $170 for families, especially those coming from a far distance. For questions or to schedule a patient, contact Melissa Deming, RN, at (614) 722-0444.

New Services for Young Women in Linden
Nationwide Children’s now offers comprehensive health services, specifically for young women, at our Linden Primary Care Center at 1390 Cleveland Ave. through the BC4Teens (Birth Control for Teens) program and Teen and Pregnant Clinic.

These clinics provide young women with:

  • A place to learn about and get the best birth control methods
  • Sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment
  • Prenatal care and support for pregnant teens

Parents/guardians are required at the first visit for BC4Teens. Call (614) 722-6200 to schedule an appointment.

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