What are your business hours?
Our practice hours are from 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday and Saturdays between 8.00am to midday (excepting Sunday and Public holidays). Appointments
can be made by phoning the practice on (314) 569–0612. Our telephone reception staff can then put you through to the secretary for your preferred surgeon, or alternatively offer you the earliest available appointments with any one of our surgeons
Can x-rays be done in your practice?
Yes, we offer on site radiology services.
What is osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. It is caused by the breakdown of cartilage. Cartilage is the tough elastic material that covers and protects the ends of bones. Bits of cartilage may break off and cause pain and swelling in the joint between bones. This pain and swelling is called inflammation. Over time the cartilage may wear away entirely, and the bones will rub together. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint but usually affects hips, knees, hands and spine.
Will physiotherapy be required after surgery?
Major surgery on a joint may take two or three hours in the operating room. Getting
a full range of motion, strength and flexibility back in that joint after surgery usually
takes months. That's where pre-operative exercise and education and post-operative physiotherapy programs come in - to ensure you're physically and emotionally prepared for surgery, and to
maximize your recovery after surgery. Together, such programs are among the most important determinants in the success of your surgery.
What should I bring with me when I come for an appointment?
When you come for your appointment Remember to get the following
- Driver's license or State ID
- Insurance card
- MRI or CT (The actual films, not the paper report or a CD. CDs will not be accepted)
- List of your current medications
- Referring doctor's address, phone, fax number
- Referral, if required by your insurance
We accept most commercial insurances, Medicare, Texas and Federal worker's compensation. You will be required to have your insurance card and co-pay available at the time of your visit. We will assist you with the billing of your primary insurance. Letters of protection are not accepted.
It is your responsibility to ensure whether a service is covered on your insurance plan. You may need to contact your insurance company before making the appointment to determine this.
We keep all patients' medical records completely confidential. The records can only be released by your written authorization. We cannot discuss your medical condition and care with anyone, including members of your family without your permission.
Prescription refills are available Monday through Thursday during regular business hours. We recommend ordering two days in advance of running out of your supply.