Generally, your first appointment with the surgeon will involve an evaluation that takes into account your medical history, current complaints and an examination of the injured area. On occasion, X-rays are required and can be taken the same day. In some cases, other tests will be recommended. Once authorized, these can be scheduled for a later date.
Any relevant medical information, including diagnostic reports and images, will help us better evaluate your condition. If you have these available as digital files, please bring them with you to your first visit.
Additionally, please bring the following:
- Insurance card
- Photo ID
- Outside medical records
- Outside slides with pathology reports
- Referring physician contact information
- Primary care provider contact information
- Pharmacy contact information
Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow for the registration and insurance verification process. We understand staying on schedule is important to our patients, and your early arrival helps ensure we can see all our patients in the most timely manner possible.
Insurance policies differ from patient to patient, and coverage will depend on both the procedure and your individual policy. The surgeon’s office will always obtain authorization in advance of any surgical procedure; however, we advise you to speak with your insurance representative to discuss patient responsibility, co-pays and other important coverage details.
If there will be any changes to your insurance coverage before or near your date of surgery, please notify us immediately. Authorization, which can take time, may need to be obtained from your new insurance company. Failure to inform us of these changes could result in a cancellation or postponement of your surgery.
Yes. Generally, there are a number of individuals who can assist you with forms and paperwork. Often, it is best to bring these materials to your surgeon’s office before surgery. Please consult your surgeon for specific instructions.