What to expect for my appointment
What do I need to bring to my first office visit?
- Completed patient forms [link to forms]
- List of previous surgeries and medical problems
- List of current medications and allergies you may have to medication
- Name and address of referring and family physician
- Insurance information and referral (if applicable)
- All x-rays, scans, and pertinent test results
- Insurance Card
- Photo Identification
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)*
- Medicare (Non-HMO Plans)
- MississippiCAN (United Health Care)*
- Mississippi Physicians Care Network
- United Health Care
- Workers’ Compensation Claims with Approval
*Accepted with referral
Preparing for Surgery & Procedure
Preparing for Surgery
Once you and your Doctor decide that surgery will help you, you’ll need to learn what to expect from the surgery and create a treatment plan for the best results afterward. Preparing mentally and physically for surgery is an important step toward a successful result. Understanding the process and your role in it will help you recover more quickly and have fewer problems.
Working with Your Doctor
Before surgery, your doctor will give you a complete physical examination to make sure you don’t have any conditions that could interfere with the surgery or its outcome. Routine tests, such as blood tests and X-rays, are usually performed a week before any major surgery.
Discuss any medications you are taking with your doctor and your family physician to see which ones you should stop taking before surgery.
Discuss with your doctor options for preparing for potential blood replacement, including donating your own blood, medical interventions and other treatments, prior to surgery.
If you are overweight, losing weight before surgery will help decrease the stress you place on your new joint. However, you should not diet during the month before your surgery.
If you are taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications or warfarin or any drugs that increase the risk of bleeding you will need to stop taking them one week before surgery to minimise bleeding.
If you smoke, you should stop or cut down to reduce your surgery risks and improve your recovery.
Have any tooth, gum, bladder or bowel problems treated before surgery to reduce the risk of infection later.
Eat a well-balanced diet, supplemented by a daily multivitamin with iron.
Report any infections to your surgeon. Surgery cannot be performed until all infections have cleared up.
Arrange for someone to help out with everyday tasks like cooking, shopping and laundry.
Put items that you use often within easy reach before surgery so you won’t have to reach and bend as often.
Remove all loose carpets and tape down electrical cords to avoid falls.
Make sure you have a stable chair with a firm seat cushion, a firm back and two arms.
Preparing for Procedure
If you are having Day Surgery, remember the following:
- Have someone available to take you home, you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours.
- Do Not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home.
- The combination of anaesthesia, food, and car motion can quite often cause nausea or vomiting.
- After arriving home, wait until you are hungry before trying to eat. Begin with a light meal and try to avoid greasy food for the first 24 hours.
- If you had surgery on an extremity (leg, knee, hand or elbow), keep that extremity elevated and use ice as directed. This will help decrease swelling and pain.
- Take your pain medicine as directed. Begin the pain medicine as you start getting uncomfortable, but before you are in severe pain. If you wait to take your pain medication until the pain is severe, you will have more difficulty controlling the pain.
Common Procedure Forms
Insurance, Billing, and Payments
We have trained staff to deal with your insurance and billing matters, whether it is private insurance, Medicare, industrial, PPO or other coverage.
We will bill your insurance for surgeon fees, doctor’s services provided in the hospital and office charges if we participate with your insurance plan. At the time of your appointment, please be prepared to pay any co-payments, co-insurance charges or unmet deductibles as required by your insurance policy.
We ask for advance payment prior to surgery if you have inadequate or no insurance coverage. The fee for surgery will normally include your post operative office visits for a period of three months.
We request 72 hours for accurate completion of insurance forms for disability, etc. Allowing this time period will enable our medical staff to focus on the patient’s immediate care needs at the time of their appointment.
Charges for Treatment
Our fees are based on our knowledge, skill and services provided and are considered those prevailing in this community for services of an orthopaedic surgeon. If you have any questions about our fees, please feel free to discuss them with our business office prior to your appointment. Having financial matters clear from the onset is preferable to encountering difficulties later.
All charges are expected to be paid on date of service. For your convenience, we accept MasterCard and VISA.
Out of Network Patients
We are happy to see patients who are out of network. However, the payment for the cost of the visit will be expected at the time of treatment.
To Cancel an Appointment
Telephone the office during business hours and allow at least 1 day’s notice so that we can offer your appointment time to patients on our waiting list.
We recognize that your time is valuable, and we make every effort to run on time. Occasionally emergencies or patients require a little more time, and these cause scheduling delays beyond our control. We apologize if we keep you waiting.