We want your visit with us to be as simple as possible. To save time the day of your appointment, review the forms below to see what you'll need—then print them out and bring them along. Just note that different forms are required for different locations and procedures.
If you're visiting our clinic in Boulder...
If you're visiting our clinic in Denver...
Patients should bring:
- Your most recent health insurance card and driver’s license.
- Athletic shorts for hip or knee evaluation.
- Women should bring a tank top for shoulder evaluation.
- Imaging of the joing being evaluated. We strongly recommend burning the images to a CD and bringing it into the office. Dr. Mei-Dan’s patients should try to drop off imaging a week in advance. Note that repeat imaging may still be needed.
- If you’re had previous surgery or treatment on the joint in question, bring outside records where possible, including operative reports, operative photos, rehabilitation protocol for recent surgeries. Records can be faxed ahead of time or brought in the day of the appointment, but allow the staff time to load the imaging and review the notes.
New patients should bring a patient intake form or a list of current medications, allergies, medical conditions, previous surgeries, and family medical history of first degree relatives. They should also bring a HIPAA notice and a radiology waiver if visiting the Boulder clinic. If you don't bring the form, arrive 15 minutes before your appointment.
Returning patients should bring the returning patient intake form and should arrive 15 minutes prior to the appointment time (30 minutes for Dr. Mei-Dan’s patients). Allow for one hour of time in the clinic for additional paperwork, imaging review, and arrangement for further treatment (Dr. Mei-Dan’s patients will need two hours).
There is a 24-hour cancellation policy.
Before your surgery:
- Review these handouts:
- Arrange to have someone drive you to and from surgery.
- Plan to have someone stay with you the night following surgery to aid with medications, meals, ice.
- Purchase or rent any aids such as crutches for the first week following surgery if necessary (available at King Soopers, etc.)
- Plan to have ice available following surgery to ice your knee. Your surgeon will request an ice machine, which you can choose to rent or purchase. A representative from the ice machine company will call you to review associated costs and instructions. Due to varying insurance coverage, you are responsible for confirming or refusing the ice machine after the rep has called. You can review a few brands below:
- Schedule a follow-up appointment in the CU Sports Medicine office 6-12 days after your surgery.
- Schedule a physical therapy appointment 3-5 days following surgery. It is ideal if you have this appointment scheduled prior to your surgery date. You can attend therapy at a location of your choice. Our office is happy to make recommendations close to your home or work.
On the day of your surgery:
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery.
- Arrive at the surgery center/hospital 1.5 hours before your scheduled surgery, or as directed by surgery schedulers over the phone (you will receive a call the week of surgery).
- You will sign a consent for surgery and have a chance to ask any questions.
- The operation site will be marked by a member of the surgical team (please do not mark yourself before coming to surgery).
- You will most likely receive prescriptions for pain and anti-inflammatory medications.
- An intravenous catheter (IV) will be started in your arm.
- You will receive antibiotic medication through the IV to prevent infection.
- You will speak with an anesthesiologist regarding going to sleep during surgery.
- Surgery time vary but will be discussed prior the surgery.
- Following surgery you will wake up in the recovery room where you will stay until your pain is controlled and you are alert enough to return home (usually 1-2 hours).