Your First Doctor’s Visit at Our Office
Your visit will start with a personal interview and physical examination. This may be followed by diagnostic tests such as X-rays and/or an MRI. Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss your diagnosis and available treatment options with you and help you select the best plan to help you to live an active and functional life.
The introduction of minimally invasive technique such as arthroscopic surgery, has meant that many patients can be treated through tiny incisions, minimizing the trauma of “open” surgery and allowing them to enjoy a faster recovery and return to regular activities.
If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with us, you can call (646) 844-5676 or schedule an appointment online now by clicking here.
Preparing for Surgery & Procedures
We expect that your recovery will be smooth and without complications. To help allow that, it is important to follow our instructions:
- NOTHING to eat or drink (not even water) after Midnight before your surgery. (You MAY take regular medications the morning of your surgery with a SIP of water.)
- If medically permissible, STOP taking anti-inflammatory medications and blood thinners 5 days prior to your surgery. This includes Plavix, Coumadin, Advil, Motrin, Aleve, aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen, etc…
- STOP taking all supplements, vitamins, and herbal medications 5 days prior to your surgery.
- Please make sure to see your primary care physician as soon as possible to obtain medical clearance for surgery. Medical clearance MUST be completed on or before the FRIDAY prior to surgery, and MUST be within 30 days of surgery.
- You MUST have an adult escort sign you out of the hospital and take you home after your surgery. If no one is available to do so, arrangements can be made with a visiting nurse service called Partners in Care for a fee of $75 – 100. This fee is typically NOT covered by insurance. (If needed, please call for more info.)
On the day of surgery, you will be given a prescription for post-operative pain medication. You will also be given detailed post-operative instructions upon your discharge from the hospital the day of surgery.
An appointment should be made to see me approximately 1 week post-operatively.
Physical therapy is to begin 2 – 3 days after your surgery date. Please make an appointment prior to surgery. Physical therapy IS offered at our Manhattan location, please call our office.