Before your Appointment
When you called in, you should have been asked for your email address if you have one. We will email you our forms so that you can fill them out at home, and not feel rushed. This should streamline your appointment, reduce your wait times, and improve your overall experience, which is one of our greatest goals.
I request that you have any pertinent prior images (X-Rays, MRI, CT scan, Ultrasound) burned to a CD and bring this with you. First, I find it helpful to sit down with you and review the MRI and X-Rays. This is not typically done in many surgeons' offices, however, I believe strongly in educating my patients and feel this helps the patient better understand their condition. Secondly, what a radiologist reads and what the MRI really shows may be completely different. The radiologist reading the MRI is hindered by the fact that he or she does not have the patient sitting in front of them, and cannot tell what is clinically relevant (causing your symptoms) and what may just be a normal finding for your age or injury mechanism. Therefore, it is essential for me to see the images personally. I apologize for any inconvenience in advance, but I feel strongly that this will only enhance my ability to make the correct diagnosis, and inform you of treatment options and what to expect in the future.