What to Expect at Your Appointment
We make every effort to make your visit with us as pleasant and time efficient as possible. On occasion, due to unforeseen events that occur, your wait time could exceed greater than one hour. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
While we strive to see our patients in a timely manner, we often treat major, life-altering conditions. In order to properly evaluate and care for a patient, we sometimes must spend a great deal of time with them to be certain all questions and concerns are addressed. During your appointment, you will receive the same time and attention so that we may thoroughly assess your condition and determine treatment options.
Treatment & Your Responsibilities
The decision about treatment for your condition will be up to you. We encourage you to ask whatever questions you need to make an informed decision. We will be completely honest with you about the probable outcomes whether you decide to have a procedure or not.
After reviewing your medical history and diagnostic tests, you will be presented with a number of treatment options. We will inform you of the risks and benefits of each option and will assist you in making the final decision concerning which option is best for you.
Deciding which treatment option is best for you involves weighing the risks and benefits associated with each option. If you eventually choose to have surgery, your physical condition and your mental attitude will determine your body’s ability to heal. You must approach your surgery with confidence, a positive mental attitude and a thorough understanding of the anticipated outcome. You should have realistic goals — and be willing to work steadily to achieve those goals.
Your family and close friends are an important part of the collaborative process. We encourage you to include them in any education sessions we provide concerning your condition. If you choose to have surgery, we will make every effort to keep family members informed of your progress and to involve them in your recovery process.
You are the only one who can decide which treatment is best for you. It is important that you recognize that you must own and be responsible for all decisions involving your health care. You will be asked to make the final decision about what is best for you, so ask questions about anything you do not understand.
We keep all patients’ medical records completely confidential. The records can only be released by your written authorization. We cannot discuss your medical condition and care with anyone, including members of your family without your permission.