Colorado Springs Orthopaedic Group welcomes your visit and is eager to serve you. Below you will find some helpful tips on how to prepare for your office visit or surgery and what to expect, including general orthopedic FAQs If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (719) 632-7669.
What to Expect on Your First Visit
During your initial consultation, your doctor will take your history and conduct a comprehensive examination and evaluation of your problem and symptoms. Specifically, your doctor will assess your injury or condition, including range of motion, swelling, muscle and soft tissue weaknesses, and any instability or abnormality present. He will want to know how severe your pain is and how it interferes with your daily activities or participation in sports.
Your doctor will review any previous tests you had, discuss your injury or problem, make a diagnosis, and recommend treatment. If imaging studies are needed to help make a diagnosis, such as X-rays or an MRI, these may be performed in our office the same day.
Some treatments may be performed in our office during your visit, while others may require a subsequent appointment. Your initial consultation is typically 15 to 30 minutes long, unless imaging services or treatment such as casting is required.
The following list will help you prepare for your appointment at CSOG. Please take the time to plan ahead for your appointment so that you get the most out of your visit.
- Bring a valid photo ID to your appointment.
- Complete your patient forms online by logging in to our secure patient portal and following the instructions provided.
- Call your insurance company to find out about co-pays and other coverage issues.
- Prepare to have transportation to and from the doctor's office.
- Be prepared to tell your doctor how and when you injured yourself. Jot down any specific details such as what you felt or heard at the time.
- Bring a list of all medications you are taking, including any over-the-counter pain relievers, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
- Make a list of questions to ask your doctor.
- Be honest and complete in talking with your doctor. Share your point of view and don't hold back information.
- Take notes on what the doctor tells you, and ask questions if you don't understand the meaning of a word or the instructions for taking medication.
- Ask your doctor for handouts or brochures that you and your family members can review at home. Your doctor may refer you to an Internet web site for more information.
The following checklist will help you prepare for your surgery. Please take the time to plan ahead for your procedure so that your recovery goes as smooth as possible.
- Do not eat or drink after midnight before your procedure.
- Communicate with your employer that you will be having surgery. You may have special restrictions when returning to work that you and your employer need to plan for.
- Make sure you have someone that can help you the first 2-3 weeks after surgery with chores, changing dressings, etc. This is especially important the first week, as your pain level may limit your ability to do simple tasks.
- Do not take anti-inflammatories (aspirin or ibuprofen), herbal remedies or high doses of vitamin E one week before your surgery. You may take Tylenol (acetaminophen).
- Arrange your home to be as comfortable as possible before surgery, so that no obstacles are encountered after surgery.
- Arrange transportation to and from the surgery center ahead of time.
- Call the surgery center the morning of surgery to confirm your scheduled surgery and expected arrival time. Sometimes the schedule may be slightly advanced or delayed.
- Arrange your physical therapy before surgery by contacting our physical therapy referral coordinator. Your first therapy visit should be scheduled within the first week after surgery.
- Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes the day of surgery.
- Remove all jewelry and leave at home.
General Orthopedics FAQs