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Steps to prepare to see an Orthopedic Surgeon

  • Dr. Charla Fischer
  • Mar 22, 2017

People fear seeing an orthopedic surgeon because of the fear of surgery recommendation. They might think that an orthopedic surgeon might tell them they can’t return to the sports or running routine they loved. Though, some injuries are worth getting checked. Here are few tips that can help you have a better experience meeting the specialist:

Copy of visit notes if you have already visited a specialist before: You might have seen a doctor on urgent basis, so it is a good idea to get a copy of all the medical records related to the problem so that the surgeon can understand your case.
X-rays and MRI copy: Along with the details of patient's history and physical exam, it is important to carry X-rays and MRI if conducted beforehand.
Write down a brief about your injury and treatments (if taken): It is common for a patient to have neck, or shoulder pain before they decide to visit a specialist. It is equally important to remember specific details about the previous injury and treatments. Make notes on how the pain started, what activities made your pain worse or unbearable, have you consulted a doctor earlier and what did they advise.
Write down the questions you have in mind: If you have been suffering from neck, shoulder or back pain, you will have questions about the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Usually, patients forget to ask questions about orthopedic surgery they have in mind when they visit the doctor. It’s good to note them down so as to ensure you do not forget them.   Dr. Charla Fischer is an assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and treats patients of all ages having suffered from neck, shoulder or back problems. She is a top rated minimally invasive spine surgeon who specializes in carrying out surgeries such as:  

  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion
  • Lumbar Minimally Invasive Microdiscectomy
  • Lumbar Laminectomy
  • Minimally Invasive Lumbar Spinal Fusion
  • Posterior Cervical Foraminotomy
  • Lumbar Minimally Invasive Microdiscectomy
  • Posterior Cervical Laminoplasty
  • Posterior Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion
  • Robotic Assisted Spine Surgery

Dr. Fischer is a faculty member of Columbia Doctors at Columbia University Medical Center in department of Orthopedic surgery. She is an expert and an internationally recognized authority on minimally invasive spine surgeries. She is known to conduct extensive consultations before proceeding with the surgeries. One of the best orthopedic surgeons in New York City, Dr. Charla Fischer has gained huge acclamation among the masses for serving the patients with best consultations and treatments possible. She is experienced in treating different spinal conditions, having received grants from National Institutes of Health and Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation, she works towards further advancements of minimally invasive spine surgery procedures and improvements in the quality of life of patients.

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