MAKING YOUR FIRST APPOINTMENT
You can call our offices to schedule your first appointment or request an appointment here. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please let us know as early as possible so we may use that time to see another patient in need of care. We make a sincere effort to adhere to our appointment schedule and appreciate your patience if we are late due to emergencies or hospital surgery.
BEFORE THE FIRST APPOINTMENT
As you prepare for your initial visit to our office, please download the forms below and fill them out at your leisure. Completing all forms prior to your first appointment will streamline your visit and enable our staff to be more efficient with your time.
Please bring all completed forms to your first visit along with your current insurance card. If you have x-ray studies, lab results, or other medical records regarding your current problem, please have the reports and images (on CD-ROM or film) with you at the time of your visit. If your primary care doctor or another physician has this information, please obtain it prior to your first appointment.
Instructions for Special Circumstances:
- If your insurance requires a referral for specialty care, you must have the referral form with you at your initial visit in order to be seen.
- If the new patient is a minor, a parent or guardian must accompany the minor patient to the initial evaluation. An adult friend or relative can accompany the minor patient ONLY IF he or she has a signed letter from the parent or guardian authorizing treatment by Lake Cook Orthopedics, a Division of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute for the specific date of the appointment.
- If the new patient cannot speak or understand English, he or she should be accompanied by a translator. This service is not available on site at Lake Cook Orthopedics, a Division of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute without notification, provided prior to the appointment, to allow for translation requirements to be addressed.
AFTER THE FIRST APPOINTMENT
Research shows that patients who are more involved in their care achieve better results. Become an informed patient by learning more about your specific condition using the links here. Explore these resources and communicate with your physician about topics that concern you.