New Patient Information

by TOI Admin February 11, 2013

Welcome to The Orthopaedic Institute. Your first visit to The Orthopaedic Institute is important and can be most effective if you plan ahead. Please refer to our checklist which includes questions to ask and information on how to find our locations, what to bring, what to expect at the doctor’s office, what to do when you get home and questions to ask at the visit or later, if your doctor recommends surgery. Below are a few important examples of “Questions to ask at the visit or later, if your doctor recommends surgery”:

  • Why is this procedure being recommended?
  • Are there alternatives?
  • What are the benefits of this procedure in terms of pain relief, functioning/mobility?
  • How long will the benefit last?
  • What are the risks involved?
  • What is the success rate for this procedure?
  • What is the procedure called?
  • How is it done?
  • Will the surgery need to be repeated after a certain amount of time?
  • How many of these procedures are annually performed at the hospital/orthopaedic surgery center?
  • What percentage of patients improve following the procedure?
  • What will happen if I don’t have the surgery now?
  • If I want a second opinion, whom can I consult?
  • Will my doctor perform the operation or someone else?
  • Is the doctor board-certified?
  • How many similar procedures have been done by my doctor (or whoever will perform the procedure?)
  • What are the outcomes?
  • Will I need any tests or medical evaluations prior to the surgery?
  • What kind of anesthesia will be used? Are there possible after effects or risks?
  • Will I meet with the anesthesiologist in advance?
  • Will the physician know my needs/allergies?

For a complete listing of all “Questions to ask at the visit or later, if your doctor recommends surgery,” visit ../../../new-patient-info.aspx.

If you have any other questions regarding your first visit to The Orthopaedic Institute, please call us at (352) 336-6000 or toll free 888-860-7050.


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