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How to prepare for your clinic visit

Please plan ahead before your visit with Dr. Skelley so we can help make your experience as positive as possible. We need all of the previous information related to your case or injury so that we can gain the best understanding of your problem and give you the best possible care for your condition. Therefore, please

What time should you arrive?

  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your first appointment so that you can fill out our office forms.

  • YOU CAN SAVE YOURSELF TIME IN THE OFFICE BY COMPLETING THIS FORM BEFORE YOU ARRIVE: Medical History Form

  • Similarly, if you are willing to participate in research or imaging for research and education purposes please complete this consent form.

Bring the following documents to your visit!

  • Your insurance card and primary care referral, if necessary.

  • You should "personally" hand carry any previous imaging studies including your x-rays, MRIs, Arthrograms, and CT Scans, as well as their reports, to the office. Having another medical office fax or "send" the reports to us is not a guarantee that we will receive the documents by your appointment.

  • Have a list of your medications with the dose and amount you take each day. Alternatively, you can put all the medications you take into a single bag and bring that bag to your clinic appointment.

  • Your medical records and surgical or operative reports from previous orthopaedic surgeries.

  • A list of allergies and any reactions you have to medications.

  • A list of questions or concerns you have about your current condition.

It is important for you to completely understand your injury and treatment plan. You are encouraged to ask questions throughout the process. Sometimes it is not possible to review everything in one office visit, or sometimes you may come up with further questions after you leave. Please refer to the educational materials on our website for more information, when applicable. Below is a list of things you can do to help us be as thorough as possible:

  • Review the material you were given in the office.

  • Make a list of questions that you did not ask during your visit. You may ask them at your next visit or call our office.

  • Follow the instructions given in the office. Take all medication as prescribed for the full course. If you have an adverse side effect from the medication, call us and let us know so that we can change your medication.

  • Be complete and accurate with your medical history.

  • Take notes while you are at your appointment.

  • Ask about any effects treatment or surgery may have on your daily activities.

  • Ask for handouts that you can review at a later time.

  • Our office will help you verify that the surgery is covered by your policy.

If you decide to go ahead with surgery, we’ve put together this page to help you prepare: Your Surgery Day: What to Expect.

 

Surgical Consent

To view a standard surgical consent explaining general risks and procedures of surgery please view this document. Dr. Skelley will review this information and specifics of your case at the clinic visit. Please ask any specific questions related to this document at your clinic visit. 

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