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Make the Most of Your Consultation with Your Orthopedic Surgeon

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 decisions.

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.

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