Fondren Orthopedic Group

Frequently Asked Questions

View Fondren Orthopedic Group’s FAQs for answers to questions related to appointments, consultations, medical records, post-operation restrictions and more.

Most medical specialists will accept only referred patients. This is mainly to try to ensure that the specialist you are seeing is appropriate for you and your condition. Check with your insurance company to see if a referral is necessary.

For your initial consultation you will need to bring a referral letter from your physician if required.

Here is check list for your initial consultation:

  • Your driver’s license or state issued identification card
  • Your health insurance card, for each insurance company you have active coverage
  • Emergency contact information, including name and phone numbers
  • Radiology Images, including MRI, CT, etc. please bring the disk from the facility where you had your test completed, also bring the reports or readings too.
  • Primary Care and Referring Provider contact information
  • Pre-certification / authorization paperwork provided by your PCP / Referring provider, if appropriate.
  • Clinical forms that were sent to you prior to your visit by our office, or can be downloaded online here.
  • Payment method for your visit, currently we accept cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
  • Payment for deductibles, copays and coinsurance–Payment options include cash, checks, and the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover

We encourage you to come to your initial consultation with a written list of questions to ensure you don’t forget to ask them when you visit the doctor.

Your medical file is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. Our staff is bound by strict confidentiality requirements as a condition of employment regarding your medical records. We will not release the contents of your medical file without your consent.

The post-operative recovery period varies based on the surgery. Generally, it is recommended patients take two weeks off work to recover from any surgery and to resume light duty following resumption of work. Your surgeon will give you specific instructions to follow for a successful recovery.

You should wait at least one week before driving after surgery. The effects of anesthetic and surgery can affect judgment and reflexes during the first week following your surgery. Your surgeon will provide more specifics after considering your condition.

Your doctor will instruct you about post-treatment exercises – the type and the duration to be followed. You may be referred to a physical therapist to help with strengthening and range of motion exercises following surgery.

There will be a point of contact 24 hours a day for any concerns you may have. You will be provided with contact details following your treatment.

The non-surgical treatment options include rest, medications including analgesics and antibiotics, injections, and physical/occupational therapy.

Getting full range of motion, strength, and flexibility back after surgery usually takes time. That is where pre-operative exercise, education, and post -operative physical therapy programs come in – to ensure you are physically and emotionally prepared for surgery and to maximize your recovery after surgery.

As with any surgery, risks include reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, stiffness and nerve damage. Your doctor will discuss the risks associated with your specific procedure.

This varies depending on the type of procedure undergone, and can range from a few days to a few months. Return to all activities, sports and exercise can take up to four to six months. Your doctor will advise you depending on your health condition.

Some complications of not undergoing an orthopedic surgery for your condition include pain, loss of joint motion, joint weakness, numbness and an early onset of arthritis.

The most common orthopedic injuries are sprains and strains, fractures and dislocations. Injuries can occur when playing indoor or outdoor sports or while exercising. Sports injuries can result from accidents, inadequate training, improper use of protective devices, or insufficient stretching or warm-up exercises.

For patients with accepted medical insurance, the clinic will bill the insurance carrier directly. Please verify your health plan coverage and benefits are active on your insurance carrier’s website or contacting your insurance carrier directly via the phone number provided on the back of the card. Our providers participate in the majority of the large insurance carrier networks, if you have specific questions about participation, please contact your insurance carrier directly for the most up to date information. There are times when your insurance carrier will process your claim and need additional information from you, such as accident forms, student status forms, etc. It is your responsibility to complete the necessary forms and return them to your insurance carrier promptly. Please understand and comply with all of their insurance carrier’s requirements. Some carriers do not pay for certain items such as ace bandages, items without a hinge, etc. if it is determined during your visit these items are necessary for your care, you will be notified of your responsibility prior to receiving these items.

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