How do I make an appointment?
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
We see patients with and without referrals from another physician. In some cases, health insurance plans require a referral for seeing a specialist. Check with your insurance company to see if a referral is necessary.
What to bring for your initial consultation?
For your initial consultation, you will need to bring a referral letter from your physician if necessary.
Here is check list for your initial consultation
- Driver’s License or a valid ID
- Insurance information
- Referral Letter (if required)
- Previously completed imaging studies such as X-rays, MRI, CT scan etc. Please include both images and radiologist reports if available.
- List of medications (if any)
Are my medical records kept private and confidential?
Your medical file is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. Our staff is bound by strict confidentiality requirements as a condition of employment regarding your medical records. We will not release the contents of your medical file without your consent.
How long do I need time off work after the surgery?
This varies from 1-2 days to several weeks for major surgery, particularly for those with jobs requiring manual labor. Dr. Driscoll will give you specific instructions to follow for a successful recovery. Our office can also provide letters for your employer to support any reasonable requests for time off, light duty, etc.
How long before I can resume driving?
This again varies among surgeries. As a general rule, you must no longer be taking narcotic pain medication and have a normal reaction time to avoid an accident. This can be as short as a couple of days for some minor procedures or much longer (for example, 9 weeks for a right ankle fracture surgery).
When can I resume exercise?
Dr. Driscoll will instruct you about post-treatment exercises – the type and the duration to be followed. You may be referred to a physical therapist to help with strengthening and range of motion exercises following surgery.
How do I contact after hours?
What are the non-surgical treatment options?
The non-surgical treatment options generally include rest, medications including analgesics and anti-inflammatory medicine, injections, and physical/occupational therapy.
Will physical therapy be required after surgery?
Getting full range of motion, strength, and flexibility back after surgery usually takes time. That is where pre-operative exercise, education, and post-operative physical therapy programs come in – to ensure you are physically and emotionally prepared for surgery and to maximize your recovery after surgery.
What are the risks associated with surgery?
As with any surgery, risks include reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, stiffness and nerve damage. Dr. Driscoll will discuss the risks associated with your specific procedure.