Orthopedic - Specialist Visit

This is an office visit with a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of the bones, muscles and joints.




This is an office visit with a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of the bones, muscles and joints.



This is an office visit with a doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of the bones, muscles and joints (musculoskeletal system). This specialty is known as orthopedic surgery.

  • Subspecialty areas include the foot and ankle, spine, hand, joint replacement, and sports medicine.
  • Some orthopedic surgeons focus exclusively on one area, e.g., spine surgery or hip replacement.

Start with your primary care provider before you see a specialist. He or she will be able to coordinate your health care needs and, if necessary, refer you to a specialist. Although a specialist is an expert in their field, you know your preferences and your body better than anyone else. Therefore, make sure you are an active participant in the decisions made about your healthcare. This is known as shared decision-making.

  • If you are referred to a specialist, check to make sure they are an in-network provider.

What should I know before I see a specialist?

  • What additional training have they completed in their specialty?

What questions should I ask the specialist?

  • Do I need any special tests? What are the benefits and risks of having the tests?
  • Will the tests change your treatment recommendations? If not, is there a need for them?
  • Can my symptoms be controlled with medications? If so, are their Tier 1 or Tier 2 medications on my Prescription Drug List that I should take?
  • How long will I need to take these medications? What are the side effects of my medications?
  • If surgery is recommended, what is my diagnosis and reason for the surgery? Are there any conservative, non-surgical alternatives to surgery? Why are you recommending one treatment over another? What are potential consequences if I decide against surgery?
  • If surgery is recommended, how many have you done, and what are your results?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Specialist
Orthopedic Surgery - Specialist Visit
Office Visit
Consultation
Bone Doctor


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