About your Appointment

Once your neurologist has referred you to Mount Sinai, you will come in for a face-to-face meeting with your neurosurgeon and their nurse, to go over your symptoms and to discuss possible treatment options. It is important that you bring up to date diagnostic films and test results to your appointment.

Please print out the consultation forms and bring them to your appointment, or arrive 15 minutes early to fill them out in our office.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following is a list of questions most frequently asked by our patients. While not comprehensive, we hope this information will help you prepare for your consultation and ease some of your anxiety. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact our office.

What should I bring to my consultation?
Copies of your imaging (films or a CD), medical history, a list of all medications (prescriptions, over the counter meds, dietary supplements, alternative/holistic medicines), a list of allergies, contact information for any doctors we should communicate with, and your insurance card(s). Note: if you take more medications than you can remember you should always have a list of what you are currently taking on your person or in your wallet, along with emergency contact and doctor information.

Do I have to contact my insurance company?
No, we will get authorization from your insurance company. Feel free to discuss any financial questions or concerns with your surgeon.

What should I tell my job?
Your employer may require you to submit disability forms. We can process them after you provide signed permission for the release of your medical information. Your surgeon will estimate your recovery time and when you can expect to return to work. Keep in mind that these estimates may change, based on your individual circumstances.

What surgical approach is the best for me? 
This is determined by your surgeon based on the procedure and surgical location. While most patients would like the least invasive surgery possible, your case may require a different approach.

What about pre-testing? 
Everyone needs pre-testing. If you have underlying heart or lung problems, you may need written clearance from your cardiologist or pulmonologist. If pre-testing is done at Mount Sinai we can access the results immediately. If you go elsewhere, you should complete pre-testing five to seven days before surgery to allow enough time for our office to receive the results and identify any unexpected health issues. Note: make sure you let the anesthesiologist know if you have any dental problems.

What about my medications? 
Stop Coumadin and NSAIDs (ibuprofen, naprosyn, aspirin) seven days prior to surgery. If you are on Plavix or other anticoagulants, discuss stopping it with the prescribing doctor. Your surgeon may want you to take some of your medications, such as blood pressure medications, the morning of surgery with a small sip of water. Avoid alcohol and cigarettes. Follow your surgeon’s instructions and call with any questions.