Q: Can I fill out the medical forms prior to my appointment with COMSI?
A: Yes go to www.COMSI.mobi website, and click on form icon on a sidebar before you arrive or on your way to our offices.
Q: What do I need to bring for my first visit?
A: First time patients must bring identification and insurance information. If under 18 a legal guardian must be present with you.
Q: Do I need to be early for my scheduled appointment time?
A: Yes 10 to 15 minutes
Q: What clothing should I wear on the day of my doctor’s visit?
A: Wear loose fitting clothing; the doctor must be able to examine the area without restriction.
Q: Do I need to bring a companion with me?
A: Yes, if you are having a procedure done, you may not be able to drive.
Q: What information should I bring for the doctor?
A: Bring your insurance card, a detailed list of medications, past medical history, doctor’s notes, x-rays, and/or MRI’s.
Q: I’ve had a change of insurance since my last visit. When should I notify the office?
A: Notify the office prior to your next schedule visit
Q: Am I responsible for a payment at the time of my visit?
A: Yes, you are responsible for co-pays and deductibles. If you have no insurance, payment is due in full at time of visit.
Q: It is my first visit; will I be seeing a doctor?
A: Yes, you will be seen by the doctor that you made the appointment with.
Q: When do I use ice on my injury?
A: Use ice 10-15 minutes to relieve pain and to keep the swelling down.
Q: When do I use heat on my injury?
A: You would only use heat 10-15 minutes where the injury is no longer acute. Heat helps to restore range of motion and decrease soft tissue stiffness.
Q: If have a fracture, will I be put in a cast?
A: Maybe, the doctor will make a decision on whether a cast or a splint is the best for you. Severe fractures may require surgery.
Q: What happens if I need an X-Ray or an MRI?
A: We have X-Ray and MRI onsite.
Q: Will I need to have follow up care for rehabilitation?
A: It is a good possibility that you may need restorative therapies.
Surgery: Questions to Ask the Doctor You can complete the highlighted fields on this form online and then print the form for easy reference. Only text that is visible on the form is printed; scrolled text will not print. Any text you enter into these fields will be cleared when you close the form; you cannot save it. Print this form and fill in the information if your doctor recommends that you have a surgical procedure. General questions
What is the name of the surgical procedure?
Why do I need surgery?
How soon should surgery take place?
What might happen if I delay or avoid the surgery?
What results should I expect from the surgery?
Are there any nonsurgical options? If yes, describe:
Yes No Are there any less invasive surgery options?
What is the next step if this surgery doesn’t work?
How much does the surgery cost? How can I find out?
Can it be done on an outpatient basis, and is that less expensive?
1 Questions to ask about the procedure
What kind of preparation is needed for surgery?
Where will surgery be done? Outpatient location: Hospital:
How is the surgery done (laparoscopy or open surgery)?
What kind of anesthesia will be used (general, local, or regional)?
How long will the procedure take? How successful is this procedure?
What are the risks associated with this surgery?
How much experience does the surgeon have with this procedure?
Has the procedure been done often in this hospital or surgery center?
Yes No What complications might develop (both immediate and long-term)?
If a biopsy is being done, when can I expect to hear the results, and will my doctor call me?
Questions to ask about what to expect after surgery How long will I have to stay after surgery?
How will I feel after surgery? How much pain is there after this type of surgery?
How is it treated? How long will it take to recover from surgery?
2 Questions to ask about what to expect when you get home
What kind of care will I need at home?
Are there any activity limitations?
How soon can I eat a regular meal?
How soon can I resume regular activities?
What symptoms should I watch for and report? Other questions:
• Ask for other information about the surgery.
• Ask about a second opinion.
• Ask how much the surgery will cost and if there are ways to reduce the costs.
• State any concerns you have about having the surgery