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Surgery Next Steps

We usher patients and their loved ones through every step of the treatment process, helping them understand their situation and their options, empowering them to make informed decisions for their health and their life.

Our staff is here to make sure you feel comforted and confident with all of your choices and in our care. We take each stage of surgery very seriously, and try our best to make this a smooth process for you, so here is what you can expect:

  1. Once your office note has been completed, our surgical scheduler will receive instructions for your surgery. This could be anywhere from 2-5 business days after your appointment. (Unless Dr. Dagam feels your surgery is more urgent, then things will move along much quicker.)
    We do ask for your patience during this process.
    • Please note, if additional testing is required prior to surgery, (MRI, CT, lab work, etc.) we may not be able to initiate your surgical authorization until the testing reports are completed and reviewed.
  2. There are several factors that come into play when setting a date for your surgery. These factors include:
    • Critical life threatening surgeries will always take precedence
    • Scheduling availability of the operating rooms at the hospital, surgery center, and Dr. Dagam’s schedule
    • Insurance authorization, which in some cases can take 2-4 weeks based on their review process
    • Medical clearance from your primary physician (and/or cardiologist or other specialties as directed by your primary care doctor if necessary)
  3. We ask that you please see your primary care physician for surgical clearance (in some cases we may have you do your pre-operative testing at the hospital) however – please wait for instructions to do so!
    • Please wait for our surgery scheduler to inform you of when to call your primary care doctor to schedule your History & Physical for your surgical clearance.
    • Please understand that your pre-operative testing and clearance are VERY important and if not completed in a timely manner your surgery will need to be rescheduled to a later date.
    • Our surgery scheduler may schedule you for another appointment with Dr. Dagam or his Physician Assistant, as it is required for us to see you within 30 days of surgery per hospital protocol.
  4. From this point, if there are any changes to your contact information or insurance, it is VERY important for you to notify us of these changes as this may delay your surgery.
  5. Please keep in mind, there may be times where your surgery date or time may be changed for reasons out of our control and we ask for your understanding. We apologize ahead of time for any inconvenience this may cause.

What Next?

“The best in Milwaukee. I’ve had two surgeries due to a work accident, and am very pleased with the outcome. The excellent staff plays a big part in the customer service! Dr. Dagam’s time that he takes with you is what makes him the “go-to” surgeon.”


We listen and we empathize.

Doreen Lackowski

Practice Manager

I’m Doreen – Practice Manager for Dagam Neurosurgery. I joined Dr Dagam’s team in 2013 with 15 years of medical office experience. My commitment to Dagam Neurosurgery is to make sure all of our patients and their families experience the best care possible. What I love most about my job is getting to know we as a team made a positive difference in someone’s life! In my spare time I enjoy reading, baking, traveling, watching movies, listening to music and spending time with family and friends.

Sonia Moore

Medical Record Specialist

My name is Sonia and I have been the Medical Records Specialist at Dagam Neurosurgery for 5 years. I provide, obtain and prepare records for patient charts, attorneys and other providers involved in the patients care. What I like most about my job is my coworkers. Working well together allows our office to run smoothly and provide the best care possible to our patients, that’s what I’m passionate about. Outside of work, I enjoy cheering on the Brewers, Bucks and the Packers - especially going to the games with my family and friends. As time allows, I also enjoy painting ceramics.

Boe Boedecker

Physician Assistant

I'm Beau Boedecker, Physician Assistant with Dr. Dagam since graduating from Midwestern University in 2010. What I like most about my role is patient care — from their first consultation evaluation to all of their follow-through. This includes being in surgery alongside Dr. Dagam. In my spare time, I enjoy a hodgepodge of astrophysics, baseball, traveling the world with my wife and sipping a good cup of coffee.

Cathy Pabich

Surgical Coordinator

My name is Cathy and for the past 4 years I have been Dr. Dagam’s Surgical Coordinator. I do my best to make the surgery scheduling process as easy as possible for all our patients, every step of the way. What I love most about my job is knowing that the outcome of a patient’s surgery helped improve their quality of life, which makes dealing with insurance companies for procedure authorizations all worth it! In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, shopping and watching the History channel and Food Network.  

Tina Spritka

Lead Medical Receptionist

My name is Tina and I am the Lead Medical Receptionist celebrating 5 years with Dr. Dagam and his team. After many years of experience in a Neurosurgical clinic, what I enjoy most is knowing that I make a difference in the day-to-day routine of our practice from triaging phone calls to scheduling appointments. In my spare time I enjoy being outside gardening and traveling with my husband.