Your initial appointment will consist of a consultation explaining your diagnosis and treatment options. Occasionally, surgery can be performed the same day as the consultation. However, a complex medical history or treatment plan may require an evaluation and a second appointment to provide treatment on another day.
Please assist us by providing the following information at the time of your consultation:
- Your surgical referral slip and any x-rays if applicable.
- A list of medications you are presently taking.
- If you have medical or dental insurance, bring the necessary completed forms. This will save time and allow us to help you process any claims.
IMPORTANT: All patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at the consultation visit.
A preoperative consultation and physical examination is mandatory for patients undergoing IV anesthesia for surgery. Please alert the office if you have a medical condition that may be of concern prior to surgery (i.e., diabetes, high blood pressure, artificial heart valves and joints, rheumatic fever, etc.) or if you are currently taking any medications (i.e., heart medications, aspirin, anticoagulant therapy, etc.).
Our office uses state of the art digital technology in order to provide the best quality care to our patients. Our digital x-rays integrate with our office software and are immediately available for interpretation. With the x-rays incorporated into our office software, x-ray images can be magnified or manipulated in a way that improves our ability to diagnose and treat our patients in the best way possible. X-rays received from other offices do not allow us to do this and relying on copied x-rays often sacrifices patient care in the long run. Our office also has CT technology, which may be needed in individual situations. Our digital imaging technology allows Dr. Collins and his staff to evaluate your case with a higher level of accuracy than can be obtained through conventional x-rays.