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Preparing for an Office Visit With the Doctor
Our goal is to provide each patient with the best healthcare possible in a kind, compassionate, and courteous way. We want you to feel safe, comfortable, and reassured at every visit. If at any time during your visit you have a question or a concern, please mention it to any member of the staff. They’ll make sure your question or concern is addressed quickly and to your satisfaction.
Things To Consider Before Visiting Our Office
- Make a list of your questions and concerns, and write them down in order of priority. You may think you’ll remember all your questions, but it’s common to forget a few during the actual consultation. Writing down all your questions frees up your mind and ensures all your questions get answered. If you know you’ll have a lot of questions, please let the office know at scheduling so the doctor has enough time to answer them.
- Bring a list of the medications you’re taking. This includes herbal medications, over-the-counter medicines as well as prescriptions. List the medication names, doses, and how often you take them. If it’s easier for you, just put all the bottles in a bag and bring the bag with you.
- Bring a list of the names and contact information of the doctors you are seeing for any conditions to enable the physicians to share information on diagnostics and procedures to ensure you receive the best care from all providers.
- Consider bringing a supportive friend or family member with you. Often, having someone with you can help you feel more at ease. Additionally, that person can take notes to help you remember key points from your discussion with the doctor, and you won’t have to worry about forgetting any information.
- Ask the doctor to explain anything you don’t understand — we expect questions, so don’t be afraid to ask! We want to be sure you clearly understand everything you need to about your condition and any medication you may be prescribed. If you are confused about how something was described, ask the doctor to explain it differently. If the doctor speaks too softly or too quickly, ask the doctor to slow down and speak up. It’s important that you hear and understand everything.
We appreciate that you have chosen us for your healthcare needs. In return, we hope to make your visit and any subsequent treatment or therapy as pleasant and comfortable as possible.
Office Visit Forms
At the time of your initial appointment with the doctor, please bring with you any recent blood work results, diagnostic test results, (e.g., x-rays, MRIs CT scans, etc.), and a list of any medications you’re taking currently, including over-the-counter medicine, vitamins, and herbal remedies. We look forward to seeing you and discussing the options for restoring your health that fit best with your particular lifestyle.
New Patient – Auto Accident
At the time of your initial appointment with the doctor, please bring with you any recent blood work results, diagnostic test results (e.g., x-rays, MRIs CT scans, etc.), and a list of any medications you’re taking currently, including over-the-counter medicine, vitamins, and herbal remedies. We look forward to helping you successfully navigate your path toward healing and wholeness.
Patient Info Update
Please complete this form if you are returning to the office after an absence of six months or more. You can print it out, complete it, and bring it with you to your next appointment, or you can complete it online and submit it to us directly. If available, please bring with you any recent blood work results, diagnostic test results (e.g., x-rays, MRIs CT scans, etc.), and a list of any medications you’re taking currently, including over-the-counter medicine, vitamins, and herbal remedies. We look forward to seeing you again!
Before Your Surgery
We understand that preparing for a procedure may cause a few nervous moments, especially if you haven’t undergone surgery before. That’s perfectly normal. Here are a few tips to help make preparing for surgery a little easier.
- Have your doctor explain exactly what the surgical process is and why surgery is necessary, including all the risks and benefits of your surgery. You should also ask about any potential risks you might incur if you choose not to have surgery.
- Look at your work and family schedules to determine the best time to schedule your surgery.
- Attend all scheduled pre-surgical appointments and be prepared to provide medical information, such as a list of current medications and prior medical procedures.
- Ask your doctor what your expected recovery time is, and include your family and friends in your recovery plan.
- Make arrangements for a ride to and from the hospital, since you won’t be permitted to drive after having any surgery requiring anesthesia.
- Make sure you have a few ‘helpers’ nearby during the first few days after surgery in case you need assistance with errands or household chores.
- Choose one trusted person to help you make medical decisions.
- Know your rehabilitation and physical therapy plan ahead of time so you can make the necessary arrangements.
If You’re Having Foot or Ankle Surgery:
- Find out how to prepare your home before you have surgery.
- If you already have your own walker or crutches, bring them to surgery center to be fitted by your therapist.
- If you do not already have crutches or a walker, you and your therapist will help you determine which device is best for you.
- If you’re not able to safely use a walker or crutches, you might need either a wheelchair or a knee scooter—ask your doctor. Wheelchairs and knee scooters can be rented or purchased through a medical supply store (they aren’t available at the surgical center). Please check with your insurance carrier and medical supply store prior to your surgery if you think you might need this equipment.
If conservative treatment options have been unsuccessful at relieving pain, or if a patient has experienced a traumatic event such as a fracture, tendon or ligament tear, ruptured disk, or damaged vertebrae, surgery may be the only viable option for optimal relief of pain and functional restoration. At OASIS, all of our experienced, board-certified surgeons use the latest surgical technologies to provide less invasive surgeries and quicker recovery times. Whenever possible, surgeries are done endoscopically or arthroscopically using a minimally invasive approach. This often means less pain than an open approach, which requires a larger incision and more invasive cutting. Minimally invasive procedures usually have more rapid recovery times than open procedures.
Many orthopedic injuries don’t require surgery. OASIS offers a variety of orthotic and bracing options in addition to physical therapy, rehabilitation, and exercise plans. All combinations of non-surgical treatments are customized to the needs of each patient.