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Frequently Asked Questions

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Do I need a referral to see an orthopedic surgeon?

Yes. It’s best to see your primary care provider to assess your condition, have any imaging done, and determine if therapy or surgery is indicated. Your healthcare provider will determine the best approach and make the referral if necessary.

If I go to the emergency room for an orthopedic injury, will they provide a referral?

Yes. If an orthopedic injury is treated in the emergency room, they will provide a referral to an orthopedic surgeon if necessary.

Does orthopedic surgery treat back and neck conditions?

No. For neck and back conditions, you should see your primary care provider, who will determine the best course of treatment. If any treatment outside their care model is needed, they will make the appropriate referral.

How much follow-up care is provided?

The amount or duration of follow-up care depends on the procedure(s) performed and each patient's individual circumstances. Follow-up after orthopedic surgery can be extensive and may involve years of care. It’s a long-term process to ensure your long-term recovery and success.

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ViewMedica® Library

ViewMedica® is a Web-based patient information system designed to help explain and demonstrate complex surgical topics.

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