Visits to any doctor's office can be both time consuming and expensive. We try to avoid unnecessary visits to our office by requesting that our patients be referred by their primary care doctors. In doing this, we hope the patients we see in our office will be patients who truly need a neurological surgeon rather than an orthopaedic surgeon, or a neurologist, or some other specialist. Your family doctor is trained in recognizing which specialty needs to see which patient, and can make sure both your time and money are well spent.
Questions often arise when you go to a doctor's appointment. We strongly suggest that you write your questions down and bring your list to the office, or have the list available when you call us. It's very frustrating to sit and have a discussion with someone, then walk away and remember that one question you forgot to ask. We want to communicate as much information as we can about your problems. We can only do this if we know what questions you want addressed. Also, your primary care physician can order appropriate case studies (mri, etc...) so we can address your problem fully.