At Steindler Orthopedic Clinic, we know your appointment with your orthopedic doctor is important to you. Being prepared for your appointment will only help to improve your experience. This includes having the information your doctor will need from you, as well as being able to gather the information that you need from your doctor.
Below, you will find suggestions, tips, and other useful information to help you be prepared and get the most out of your orthopedic appointment. We look forward to meeting with you.
Verify the date & time of the appointment
The time you should arrive at the office may differ from your scheduled appointment time. If you’re a new patient we advise you to show up at the office about 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time, that way you can fill out new patient paperwork as well as provide personal identification & insurance prior.
If you have any questions, please confirm your expected arrival time when scheduling your appointment.
Know the address
Steindler has offices all around Iowa, so making sure you’re scheduling an appointment at the most convenient one for you is important! We have locations in Iowa City, Burlington, Fairfield, Muscatine, Van Buren, Washington, and Williamsburg–please feel free to verify the clinic location as well as an address when setting up your appointment.
Be aware of travel issues & delays
Being aware of any driving conditions, road construction detours, and/or parking requirements will ensure that you have enough time to commute as well as be at your appointment on time.
Items To Take To My Appointment
Identification & Insurance information
- Current photo ID
- Current insurance card(s)
- Insurance co-payment, co-insurance, and/or deductible information if applicable
- Insurance referral-please verify that our office has received the referral prior to your appointment. Having a copy of your insurance referral is recommended.
Medical Information for Current Injury or Condition
All medical records, imaging (X-ray & MRI), and lab test results for your current injury or condition should be carried in or faxed from your primary care provider. To ensure this, contact your primary healthcare provider at least one week prior to your appointment–as well as have a copy of all medical records pertaining to your injury or condition sent over if possible.
These records can be sent directly to our office.
Personal Documentation of Current Injury or Condition
In some cases having a personal documentation record of your current injury or condition could prove useful when visiting your doctor and may help with some of the personal or related questions that may be asked.
Please note: the information in your personal document can not be used as a substitute for any official forms you need prior to your appointment.
Current Lists of All Medications You Are Taking
Please bring along a list of all medications–including name, dosage, frequency of use, and the reason for the medication to your appointment as well as any medication you are allergic to.
This list of medications could include:
- Prescribed medications
- Herbal supplements
- Over-the-counter medications
Maintenance of your medical history–including all prior treatments, surgeries, conditions, and illnesses–is always recommended, even if not directly related to your current condition or injury. This can be beneficial for your appointment and doctor.
List of Questions & Concerns to Address During Your Appointment
Feel free to compile a written list of any questions or concerns you may have prior to your appointment. There will be several departments and individuals you will interact with during your time at Steindler.
To assist in compiling your list of questions & concerns we have provided a list of departments & services for you to begin your list:
- Appointment scheduling
- Front desk reception
- Billing & insurance
- Radiology (X-ray, MRI Technicians)
- Nurses & medical assistants
- Physician Assistant
- Doctor or Surgeon
- Physical Therapy
- Checkout reception
- Surgery scheduling
Notepad & Pen/Pencil for Notes
Take notes on what the office staff and medical staff discuss with you. Be sure to ask questions if you need clarification on policy, procedure, medical terms, or the reason for your doctor’s diagnosis, treatment plan, recommendations, medication instructions, or post-appointment instructions.
Emergency Contact Information
An emergency contact list is a document that you should have ready and keep updated regularly. Having this list with you at your appointment may provide the information you need in completing the required paperwork.
A Family Member or Friend
You may consider asking another adult to accompany you to your appointment. Should you need a translator, please feel free to bring one or contact the office prior to your appointment.
Below we’ve compiled some additional information to help you prepare for your orthopedic appointment.
Dress comfortably: wear something comfortable and possibly loose-fitting clothing to make access easier for X-rays or other procedures.
Expect wait times: We appreciate your patience if we keep you waiting longer than expected. Steindler tries to keep wait times low and spend adequate care with each patient.
Physician assistants: There may be times when you are seen by one of our physician assistants–who all work closely with our orthopedic doctors to provide the highest level of care for our patients.
How To Get In Contact
Steindler strives to provide you with the best treatment possible. If you’d like to get in touch, please call (319) 338-3606, or any of the numbers on the sidebar for relevant inquiries. If you need immediate medical assistance, please call 911.