When conservative orthopedic care is no longer sufficient to control your
painful symptoms, you might consider making an appointment with an orthopedic
surgeon at University Hospital and Medical Center. At the
Orthopedic and Spine Institute, you’ll receive all the information you need to make healthcare
Preparing for Your Appointment
When you schedule your appointment, ask the receptionist what you should
bring. You may be asked to bring medical records, lab test reports, and
copies of imaging scans, along with your health insurance card and medical
referral. Bring written lists of all of your prescription and over-the-counter
medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins. Make notes about your personal
medical history and family medical history, and about your symptoms, current
and prior treatments, and prior surgeries. Plan to arrive early for your
appointment in case you need to fill out medical forms.
Discussing Your Health
To be a proactive patient means to actively listen, ask questions, and
share concerns openly with your doctor. Your orthopedic surgeon will need
to know about all of the health issues you’re experiencing, including
those that might not seem relevant, such as incontinence. Let the surgeon
know what you’re hoping to accomplish with your treatment and ask
how surgery might affect your daily life.
Making Informed Decisions
Your surgeon may recommend that you take some time to consider your options before
deciding whether to have surgery. Don’t hesitate to call the office back if you have questions after
your appointment. Before you leave, you can ask for reading material or
referrals to authoritative sources of information about your condition
and proposed surgery. All patients should fully understand the potential
risks involved with surgery.
Following Up with Your Treatment Plan
If you do decide to have orthopedic surgery, you’ll be given detailed
pre-operative and post-operative instructions. You may meet with additional
members of your care team, including rehabilitation specialists and an
anesthesiologist. Ask your surgeon about pre-operative tests you may need
and whether your medication regimen will require adjustments.
The Orthopedic and Spine Institute in Tamarac, FL, has been specially designed
with the comfort of our patients in mind. Patients receiving orthopedic care at
University Hospital and Medical Center can expect private suites, extensive patient education, and their own
dedicated orthopedic and spine navigator. Call our hospital at (954) 722-9933
to request a physician referral.