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What documents do I need to carry when I come for the first appointment?

When you come for the first appointment to your doctor you need your insurance card, a referral from your primary care physician, your medical records and a list of the medications you take and surgical procedures done, if any.

Your doctor needs to have all the necessary information about your general health condition and health problems in order to be able to outline the best suitable surgical plan for you. To make sure your doctor has your medical information available, take your medical card with you that contains essential information including your:

  • medical problems
  • past treatments
  • surgical procedures
  • your primary care physician’s name
  • health insurance
  • allergies, if you have any

Bring a copy of your medical records from your primary care physician, your recent test results if you have. This helps him/her to have essential information about your overall health condition, speed up the diagnosis and reduce the need for additional tests with unnecessary side effects or costs.

It can also be helpful to make a list of the medications you take and bring to your first consultation. If you follow any alternative treatment let your doctor know, it can be useful, in case there are some interactions with your other treatments. Make a list of supplements, vitamins that you're using. If you have a journal that documents your symptoms and your response to prescribed treatments take that also with you to your consultation, it can help your doctor understand how your symptoms affect your daily life. It is good to come prepared with a concise list of questions to ask your doctor. It's also good to have a notebook and pen to take notes.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/