FAQs

General

How do I make an Appointment?

Simply call us at during our working hours or you can request an appointment online using this form.

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?

Your insurance company may require you to have a referral from your primary physician to see a specialist.  Check with your insurance company, or contact us to help.

What to bring for your initial consultation?

  • Driver’s License or a valid ID
  • Insurance information
  • Referral Letter (if required)
  • Please be sure to bring CD’s of all prior imaging in addition to their reports
  • A list of any medical/health problems, prior surgeries, and allergies. It may be helpful to write these down prior to your appointment and bring your list to clinic. The following blank template can be used to make your notes.
  • List of medications (if any) and medical history.

You may complete the New Patient Intake Form prior to your appointment and bring it with you to save time on the day of your appointment.  The needs to be completed accurately to provide us with reliable information about your medical history.

We encourage you to come to your initial consultation with a written list of questions to ensure you don’t forget to ask them when you are seeing the doctor.

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?

The post-operative recovery period varies based on the surgery. Generally, it is recommended patients take two weeks off work to recover from any surgery and to resume light duty following resumption of work. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions to follow for a successful recovery.

How long before I can resume driving?

If you are having lower extremity surgery, you cannot drive until you are cleared to weight bear on that extremity and are no longer taking narcotic pain relievers.  Patients having shoulder surgery should not drive while still required to wear a sling or immobilizer.  No patient should drive while still taking narcotic pain relievers.

When can I resume exercise?

Your doctor 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?

There will be a point of contact 24 hours a day for any concerns you may have. You will be provided with contact details following your treatment.

Medical

What are the non-surgical treatment options?

The non-surgical treatment options include rest, activity modification, medications including analgesics and anti-inflammatories, 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.  Each surgery has different physical therapy requirements after surgery, and specific instructions will be provided to you.

What are the risks associated with surgery?

As with any surgery, risks include reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, stiffness and nerve damage. Other risks more specific to each surgery exist.  Your doctor will discuss the risks associated with your specific procedure. 

Surgery does not guarantee full elimination of pain or other symptoms.  Our goal is to best correct your structural abnormalities to give you the best chance of improving or eliminating symptoms.

When can I return to daily activities?

This varies depending on the type of procedure undergone, and can range from a few days to a several months. Return to all activities, sports and exercise can take 6 to 9 months.  The type of surgery performed often determines the recovery period.  More demanding activities typically require more extended recovery period.

What can happen if surgery is avoided?

Many orthopaedic procedures are considered elective.  The choice to proceed with a surgery is a major decision.  Your decision to proceed should be based on the degree of pain and other symptoms you are experiencing, as well as possible future ramifications of not addressing your injury.  Risks and benefits should be carefully be considered, and non-surgical options should also be considered. In many conditions, avoiding surgery may result in continued or worsened pain.  In certain cases, the damage to tissue may progress over time to a degree that would render future repair less successful or impossible.  Of utmost importance is the ability to understand all your treatment options, exhaust conservative measures, and make an informed decision.

What are the most common injuries?

The most common orthopaedic injuries are sprains and strains, fractures, and dislocations. Injuries can occur when playing indoor or outdoor sports or while exercising. Sports injuries can result from accidents, inadequate training, improper use of protective devices, or insufficient stretching or warm-up exercises.

  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • The Arthroscopy Association of North America
  •  American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • International Society for Hip Arthroscopy