Prior to Your First Visit

Obtaining a complete medical history is very important to properly and safely treat you.  If you have been treated or had surgery already for your orthopaedic problem, please obtain the office records and any surgical operative records from the previous physician's office.  Bring this as well as any x-rays, CT scan, MRI, bone scans or any other tests previously performed with you to the first visit.  It is also helpful to have a complete list of all your medications and doses, including over-the-counter medicines and vitamins/supplements.

If you require a referral from your primary care physician in order to see us, you are responsible to have your primary care physician send this referral to us prior to your appointment.  Without a current valid referral, we may need to reschedule your appointment or require payment from you at the time of the visit.

In order to avoid a long wait prior to your visit, please fill out and complete the Personal Health History form by printing it from Patient Forms. Please complete it and fax it to us at 724-933-3332 two days prior to your visit or bring it with you to the visit.  You may also create a secure Patient Portal at Create a Patient Portal and send a completed form back to us two days prior to your visit (fastest way) If you cannot fill out these forms prior to your visit, please allow 20 minutes prior to your appointment time in order to complete the forms and allow us to enter them into your electronic medical record.

We also are required to have you to review the Pittsburgh Foot and Hand Center Health Notice of Health Information/ Privacy Practices. This describes your health information privacy rights under HIPAA, the Federal legislation regarding patient privacy. We are required to have you sign the Patient Privacy Form. You may print this from Patient Forms, sign it and fax it to us two days prior to your visit or bring it with you at you visit. You may also send a copy back to us through your Patient Portal prior to your visit or sign a copy in the office at your visit.  Please bring a photo ID such as drivers license and your insurance card for verification at each visit.  New government regulations require this.

Please visit the section on Financial Policy, review and complete the Patient Financial Obligation Agreement, sign it and bring it with you to your visit.  The section will explain your payment responsibilities and options.  Remember co-pays are collected at the office visit.  We accept cash, personal checks as well as major credit cards and debit cards.

Bring comfortable clothing with loose-fitting sleeves or pant legs so that the physician can easily examine your arm or leg.

Please visit the section for frequently asked questions at FAQ. This may answer any further questions that you have prior to the visit.  If there are questions, please call us at 724-933-3300 or through your Patient Portal.