Appointments & Cancellations
For appointments call (770) 422-2326. Our fax is (770) 422-7797. If you must reschedule or cancel an appointment, please notify us at least twenty four hours in advance. If your insurance carrier requires a referral, please make arrangements to have that referral forwarded to us before your appointment. It is imperative that you bring copies of all X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans that pertain to your problem. Reports alone are not sufficient, and a final neurosurgical opinion and recommendation cannot be given without a complete review of all pertinent studies. Please do not rely on referring physicians to send the films.
If possible, please complete new patient evaluation forms prior to your appointment. Return forms can be completed either before or at your scheduled appointment.
Please bring copies of all medication lists with you. These lists should include medication name, dosage, and frequency.
Insurance and Payment
We are committed to meeting your health care needs. Our goal is to keep your insurance or other financial arrangements as simple as possible.
WellStar Medical Group participates in most major insurance plans. For a complete list of insurance participants at this practice please call the practice main line. We will file your insurance for you if we are a participating provider of your plan.
All co-payments, deductibles, and self pay payments are due at the time of service. We accept all payment types. Please remember to bring your insurance card (HMO, CMO, PPO, etc.) and picture ID with you to each appointment.
Dr. Benedict and Erwood are proud to have medical staff privileges at WellStar Kennestone Hospital.
BEFORE & AFTER SURGERY:
Do not eat after midnight on the day you are having surgery. You will be instructed when to come to the hospital for your operation. It is customary to come to the hospital at least two hours before your scheduled procedure. If your operation is later in the day, please understand that the start time for your procedure may be earlier or later than scheduled. This is because operations scheduled after seven-thirty in the morning, are scheduled “to follow” earlier procedures. If you are having a cranial (brain) operation, you may be scheduled for a pre-operative MRI. This will be done with plastic markers that will be stuck to the skin around your face, ears, and scalp. Do not remove these markers, and if one or two fall off, simply bring them with you on the day of surgery. You may be given a disc after this MRI is done. Please bring this with you on the day of surgery. Do not forget to bring all of your imaging studies on the day of surgery.
Do not eat after midnight on the day of surgery. You may take your regular medication with a small sip of water on the day of surgery. Certain medications are discontinued several days before surgery. These medications include Plavix (clopidogrel), aspirin, and Coumadin (warfarin). You should have been instructed to discontinue these medications at least five days before your operation.
You will always see your surgeon before surgery, and any last minute questions will be thoroughly answered. Your family will be updated regularly while you are in surgery, and as soon as you are in recovery, your surgeon will speak with them. We will speak with whomever you authorize us to communicate with.
When you get home, you may engage in normal, reasonable activity. Walk as much as you can, and stay well hydrated. Call our office with any questions. In general, you can treat your surgical wound as you would treat any other area of your body. For wounds closed with skin staples, you may shower, and get the incision wet. Let soap run over the wound, and gently wash it with a wash cloth. You may wash your hair with the shampoo you normally use. Do not color your hair or place chemicals in it until after the skin staples have been removed. Do not place saves or creams on your wound. If your wound is covered with a blue glistening sealant (Dermabond), you may shower and clean it as described above for wounds closed with staples. If your wound is closed with steri-strips (small white strips of tape), you will be given gauze and clear dressings (tegaderm) to use in the shower. Remove the clear dressing after your shower. Do not bathe, immerse your wound in free standing water such as a pool or hot tub, or swim until your first post-operative visit.
Please call us if you notice increasing pain around the wound, redness, drainage, or a foul smell. We would rather see you and reassure you that a wound is healing normally, then miss an infection that could have been easily treated.
If you are discharged with a collar or brace, wear it when active. You do not need to wear it in bed, when lying flat, or in the shower.
When you get home from the hospital, please call our office to schedule a post-operative appointment. Generally, we want to see you two weeks after surgery so that the wound can be checked, and the staples or sutures can be removed.
WellStar Neurosurgery’s entire team is focused on the patient. We spend time with our patients and talk with them, not at them. We strive to treat each patient as if they were our own family. We understand that some neurologic disorders can be incredibly overwhelming to patients and their families. Our care goes beyond the operating room as we work tirelessly with our patients to give them the very best of care.
Dr. Benedict lives in Marietta with his wife and two children and spends most of his free time with them. He and his family love the community and he is proud to serve it as a local neurosurgeon. He has been practicing in the community since 2007.
Dave Foreman, our certified Physician Assistant, provides care for our patients along with Dr. William Benedict and Dr. Scott Erwood.
He graduated from the University of Alabama with a dual certificate as a general and surgical PA from NCCPA. He has extensive experience in Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgery, critical care medicine and some Interventional Radiology.
Serena Daly, our Certified Nurse Pracitioner, cares for our patients along side Dr. Benedict in both the hospital and the office. She is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia and Emory University Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program.
Lutricia Wallace-Brinkley, our certified medical assistant, is available daily to assist our patients with their medical questions as well as serving as the office scheduler for any tests and/or surgery.
WellStar Neurosurgery is in the process of expanding our programs, services, and emergency coverage so that the residents of Cobb County and beyond don’t have to leave their community to receive state of the art neurosurgical care.
We are conveniently located next to Kennestone Hospital.