FAQs

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Where do I need to park for my appointment?

Our office is located within the Vandergriff Building attached to Arlington Memorial Hospital. You should park on the 4th level of the Vandergriff Parking Garage. Our office is on the fourth floor in suite 403. If you are taking the elevators select P4.
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Do I have to pay to park?

No, you must take a ticket upon entering the garage. Please remind one of our staff members to stamp your ticket prior to you leaving so you will not have to pay for parking.


What do I need to bring to my appointment?

Make sure you have your driver’s license, insurance cards, most recent diagnostic films and reports, and new patient paperwork which can be printed from the Patients page.


How do I know whether your office accepts my insurance?

You can find a list of insurances we are contracted with on the Insurance Plans page. Your insurance will be verified prior to your appointment by our staff, however this is not a guarantee of payment from your insurance company. If for any reason your insurance denies payment for your visit this will become your responsibility. For more information please call our office at 817-701-4253.


If I am a surgical candidate what should I expect prior to surgery?

Of course this will differ per patient depending on their health, but for the most part you can expect the following: possibly additional diagnostic studies, a pre-assessment appointment as well as any additional clearances required dependent of your current health. Don’t worry, our staff makes your surgical experience as smooth and stress free as possible. We schedule these appointments for you and are here to make the process easy.


What is a pre-assessment appointment/clearance?

The pre-assessment is basically a history and physical to determine if you are healthy prior to any surgical procedure. At this appointment you will also be informed of any medications you should stop prior to surgery as well as where to arrive for your surgery, what to bring, etc. Some patient’s may require additional specialist clearances (ex. pulmonology or cardiology) prior to surgery if they have a history of heart disease, COPD, or any other heart or lung condition.


How long will my surgery take and how many days will I stay at the hospital?

The length of your surgical procedure is dependent on many factors such as the type of surgery being preformed, your general health, whether or not you have had previous surgery, etc. Some surgeries are considered outpatient procedures which means you will be discharged a few hours after your surgery while other surgeries may require you to stay in the hospital for a few days. Surgery time and hospital stay will be explained in detail at your office visit and when scheduling surgery.


What should I expect after surgery?

Upon leaving the hospital you will be given discharge instructions informing you of what you should and shouldn’t be doing during your recovery period. This differs per patient depending on what surgical procedure was performed. A post-operative appointment will be scheduled for 4 weeks after surgery. Should you have any questions during your post-op period please call our office. During this conversation the nurse will be happy to answer any concerns or questions you may have. A post-operative appointment will also be scheduled at this time. Post-operative appointments are normally scheduled three weeks from the date of surgery and depending on the surgery you may be required to have X-rays taken in our office the same day.


How should I take care of my incision?

It is very important to keep the incision clean and dry at all times. You can use a mild soap to clean the area and pat dry. Never rub the incision site. It is not recommended to use antibiotic ointment on the incision. We use dissolvable sutures so there is no need to have sutures removed. Please do not immerse incision in standing water until after your first post-operative visit and the approval from the nurse or physician. Should you have more questions about your incision, or you notice redness, swelling, and discharge from the area notify our office immediately.


When will I be allowed to return to work after surgery?

This differs for every patient depending on the type of surgical procedure that was preformed, the patient’s type of work, how quickly the patient recovers, etc. On average you can expect to be off from work anywhere from 3-6 weeks. If work requires heavy labor/ intensive duties extra time is allotted during the post-operative period.