Prepare for a Visit

Your First Appointment
Your first appointment will allow us to gather vital information in treating your condition. Please bring with you any X-Rays, MRI reports, etc., you have relative to your current orthopedic condition. We also need your picture ID and will have to make a copy of your insurance card(s), so please remember to bring them. If your insurance coverage is an HMO plan, a referral is required from your primary care physician (PCP) before your appointment. Please call your PCP or our office if you are not sure. To help expedite the registration process and decrease your waiting time in the reception area, our required forms are made available online. This allows you to print and complete them before the time of your appointment. We ask that ALL patients fill out these forms and bring them to their appointments, even if they think their information has not changed since their last visit.

When you call to schedule your initial appointment, please have your insurance information available at that time. We will obtain as much information as possible to verify coverage before your appointment so that we can properly advise you on how our billing process works.

First Appointment Checklist:

  • Picture ID, such as a valid driver’s license
  • Insurance Cards (Primary and Secondary)
  • Insurance Co-Payment
  • Referral Form from your Primary Care Physician, if needed
  • Completed New Patient Form (download here)

If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please contact us at least one day ahead so your appointment time can be allocated to another patient seeking treatment. We recognize that your time is valuable and we make every effort to run on time. As you can imagine, emergencies occur that may cause scheduling delays beyond our control. We apologize in advance if we keep you waiting or have to reschedule your appointment. To avoid any inconvenience, please be sure that our office has both your home and business telephone numbers.

Preparing for an MRI

Preparing for Your Visit
Once your exam is scheduled, you will need to call our office as soon as possible for a complete screening. We will review pertinent screening information with you during the phone interview and when you arrive for your MRI. Some people cannot undergo an MRI exam or may need special preparation. Because of this, it will be very important that you inform us if you have any of the following:

  • A cardiac pacemaker or implanted cardiac defibrillator
  • A prosthetic heart valve
  • A history of previous brain aneurysm surgery
  • A history of a metallic fragment injury to the eye
  • A history of a shrapnel wound
  • Any implanted metallic devices. For example, prostheses, limb replacements, Harrington Rods, drug infusion pumps, IUD’s, neurostimulators, ear and some eye implants

In some cases, a family member is welcome to stay in the room with you during the scan. However, he or she will need to undergo the same screening process.

What to Expect
There are a few simple things you will need to do to prepare for your exam. For most MRI exams you may eat, drink and take any prescription medications as usual. We will advise you if your exam requires a different preparation.

  • Please bring any related studies such as CAT scans, outside x-rays or any other MRIs.
  • Please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled exam so that we may take additional information and answer your questions.
  • Please leave your valuables at home. No metallic items such as jewelry, watches, keys, etc. can be brought into the MRI exam area.
  • When you arrive for your MRI, please check in with the receptionist.
  • You may resume normal activities immediately following your scan.