Information for Patients
At your initial visit, you will meet with several members of our multidisciplinary surgical team. We will review your medical records, including any radiology imaging, and obtain a comprehensive history so as to best formulate a plan for your care.
If a decision is made for you to undergo surgery, you will need to meet with our anesthesiology team, and additional tests may be performed. These appointments may be scheduled on the same day as your initial visit, but there are times when you may need to meet with additional specialists at a later date. We will work with you to plan appointments that best for your schedule.
What should I bring with me on my first appointment?
For your first appointment, you should bring with you:
- Medical records
- A CD containing your radiology imaging - X-rays, CT scan, or MRI
- Your referring physician's information (name and phone number). If your insurance requires a referral (such as an HMO plan), please contact your primary care provider.
- Insurance card, picture ID, and a list of questions that you may want addressed
It is recommended that you bring a family member or trusted friend with you to the appointment who can assist you in keeping track of all the information you will receive during your visit. On subsequent visits, you may need to only bring only your insurance card and your picture ID. If you have an HMO insurance 60 days following the surgery you will need a new referral.
When should I arrive for my appointment?
Please arrive at least 20 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. After reporting to the patient care area to register, you will then be seated in a waiting area until you are escorted to an examination room for your consultation.
How long will I be there?
Anticipate your visit to last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours. This time is to assure that each new patient is fully evaluated. The length of subsequent visits will depend on your treatment plan and the follow-up testing that may be recommended for you. We try our best to make your visit convenient and comfortable.
What to expect during a visit?
During your visit, a discussion of your treatment needs will occur. The specialist will first review your materials and conduct an examination. At this time, the doctor may give you several treatment options or further diagnostic recommendations. Additional testing and specialty referrals may be ordered, and the nurse will schedule the surgery based on your needs.
Scheduling an appointment
To schedule a clinic appointment with one of our surgeons, please call 312.355.4300. You will need to provide the call center with some basic information, including your insurance information, to register your appointment. If you have specific questions related to your diagnosis or visit, please call our office at 312.355.1493 to speak with one of our staff.