What to Expect at Your First Appointment with Pediatric Neurosurgery
When your child has been diagnosed with a problem that affects their brain, it can be very scary. Even a seemingly non-life-threatening condition can cause alarm. You want answers. We're here to offer them and provide treatment. Our expert, compassionate providers in Pediatric Neurosurgery offer novel therapies to help children who have mild to complex problems that affect their brain.
We understand that the neurosurgical care we provide can seem complicated, and you likely have questions about your child's first clinic appointment with us. This page can give you the information you need. We look forward to being your partner in your child's care!
Making an Appointment
Scheduling an appointment with our office is simple. You may contact us to plan your visit. In addition, your child's pediatrician, a doctor from another hospital or the emergency department may refer you.
Before your visit, one of our neurosurgeons will review your child's medical history and will determine if there is a need for any imaging or testing before your appointment. If images or tests are required, a program coordinator, administrative assistant or scheduler will call you. Otherwise, there is no pre-registration process to complete.
On the Day of Your Visit
We know it's difficult not to worry when a condition may be affecting your child's brain. As much as you can, we encourage you not to be overly concerned until your child's neurosurgeon has reviewed everything. To help, we've placed televisions in every patient room to distract you and entertain your child.
During your appointment, our neurosurgeons will carefully explain your child's brain images while using a big screen so you can clearly see everything, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. If you need additional support services, our office can connect you with a social worker or child life specialist.
Arriving at the Clinic
Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. Allow an additional 20 minutes for parking and walking to our clinic. If you’re running late, please contact us to let us know. Check in at the A1 help desk when you arrive, and they will direct you to A8.
Bring your insurance card and all your child's medications from home.
At Your Appointment
During your first appointment, which lasts between 30 minutes to one hour, one of our neurosurgeons will conduct a physical exam and evaluate your child.
Your first visit will include:
- Health history
- Physical exam
- Meeting with your child's doctor(s)
- Review of your child's test results
- Any necessary imaging
You and your child should be prepared to meet with:
- Medical assistants
- Nurse practitioners
- Physician Assistants
At the end of your appointment, you will receive a written report that includes a summary of your visit, as well as any next steps. Depending upon the care plan for your child, you will receive treatment recommendations either before you leave or afterward via a phone call from one of our nurses.
After Your Visit
After your appointment, if you have any questions or concerns, contact us. We are here to help!