What To Expect & How To Prepare

Planning ahead before your visit to Dr. Sherman’s office will help make your experience as effective as possible. It is important that you give us the information that we need so that we can gain the best understanding of your problem, determine the factors that may influence your treatment and determine the cause of the problem.

Before you go..

What time should you arrive?

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your first appointment so that you can fill out our office forms.
  • YOU CAN SAVE YOURSELF TIME IN THE OFFICE BY COMPLETING THIS FORM BEFORE YOU ARRIVE: Medical History Form

We’ve compiled a page to help you determine what to bring to your appointment. It is available here: What to bring to your visit.

Make a written list of:

  • Bring your insurance card and primary care referral, if necessary.
  • Personally bring your x-rays, MRIs, Arthrograms, and CT Scans, as well as their reports to the office.
  • Your medications and herbal supplements.
  • Your medical records.
  • Your surgical and operative reports.
  • A list of allergies and any reactions you have to medications
  • Any questions or concerns you have about your current condition

It is important for you to completely understand your injury and treatment. You are encouraged to ask questions throughout the process. We also try to predict questions patients may have and offer resources to answer them:

  • Review the material you were given in the office.
  • Make a list of questions that you did not ask during your visit. You may ask them at your next visit or call our office.
  • Follow the instructions given in the office. Take all medication as prescribed for the full course. If you have an adverse side effect from the medication, call us and let us know so that we can change your medication.
  • Be complete and accurate with your medical history.
  • Take notes while you are at your appointment.
  • Ask about any effects treatment or surgery may have on your daily activities.
  • Ask for handouts that you can review at a later time.
  • Our office will help you verify that the surgery is covered by your policy.

If you decide to go ahead with surgery, we’ve put together this page to help you prepare: Planning Before Your Surgery.