Thank You for choosing a MedStar Colorectal Surgery. Our goal is to provide exceptional service one patient at a time.
If this is your first visit to the MedStar Colorectal Surgery offices, you will be asked to give us information about:
- your general health
- your previous diagnosis and treatments
- your health insurance card and/or information
We have prepared a general list of the things you should bring with you to your appointment, to provide your surgeon the most complete picture of your current health. This saves valuable time for both you and your surgeon.
Prior to your office visit:
- Please complete the patient registration forms. These forms are mailed to you at the time you schedule your office visit. The patient registration forms can also be printed from our website for completion prior to your office visit.
- Retrieve all medical records that are pertinent to your office visit with the colorectal surgeon. These medical records can include, but are not limited to, lab work, radiology reports (CT scans, x-rays, MRI scans, ultrasounds), procedure reports (colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy), pathology reports, and previous medical office notes.
Please bring with you:
- Your completed patient registration forms that can be downloaded from our website or have been mailed to you at the time you scheduled this office visit with one of our colorectal surgeons.
- Your referral; if your insurance indicates you need one.
- Your medical records. These medical records can include, but are not limited to, lab work, radiology reports (CT scans, x-rays, MRI scans, ultrasounds), procedure reports (colonoscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy), pathology reports, and previous medical office notes. Sometimes this information is forwarded from your physician's office directly to the colorectal surgeon. Our office suggests for the patient to call their referring physician’s office a few days in advance of the scheduled appointment to make sure all pertinent medical records were sent to our office prior to your office visit.
- Any X-rays or studies related to the condition for which you are being examined. These are critical for our surgeons to decide on next steps in your treatment. These may be films or a CD of the study.
- Any medication you are taking. It is helpful to our staff if you bring the actual bottles. However, you can make a list of all the medications you are taking. Make sure to include the name of the medication, including the generic substitution, the number of milligrams and how many times a day you are directed to take it. Also, include directions, such as “Take with food.”
- Your health insurance identification card or other documentation of your health care insurance.
- A list of important personal contacts, including names and phone numbers; these are for emergency use.
- A list of questions you may have about your medical care, including your diagnosis and treatment.
- A notebook and pen so you can write down important information during your office visit. All of our patients receive important health information during their visits, and you may want to keep everything in one place.
- A list of your other treating physicians and their primary contact information.
If you have all the information listed above, it will help insure your appointment runs smoothly, and information is entered correctly into our files.