Your Visit

At Mount Sinai, we are committed to providing you, our patients, with the highest quality of care. When you come to the Department of Neurosurgery, you benefit from our medical excellence, provided in a carefully designed, patient-friendly environment. We look forward to taking great care of you and making your time with us as pleasant and comfortable as possible.

The Consultation

Most of our patients are referred by another doctor. Depending on your medical problem, this may be your primary care doctor, a neurologist, an ear, nose, and throat specialist, an eye doctor, or an endocrinologist.

The first step is a face-to-face meeting with your neurosurgeon to discuss your symptoms and treatment options.

To make the best use of your time with our neurosurgeon, please bring these items to the appointment:

  • Copies of your latest imaging (on film or a disc) and the report that goes along with it
  • Latest test results
  • Medical history
  • List of all medications you take regularly including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements, and alternative/holistic medicines
  • List of your allergies
  • Contact information for any doctors we should communicate with (such as your primary care doctor, referring doctor, neurologist, or endocrinologist)
  • Your insurance card(s); we will get authorization from your insurance company
  • If you have acoustic neuroma, bring your hearing test results
  • If you have a pituitary tumor, bring the full panel of endocrine blood tests and visual field testing

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.

Some things to discuss with your surgeon are:

  • Any dental problems you have
  • Whether your religious beliefs forbid blood transfusion
  • Any medications you are taking, so your doctor can tell you whether to take them the morning of the procedure
  • Whether you have ever had a problem with anesthesia, such as nausea
  • If you’ve had a bad reaction to opioid painkillers, such as codeine, Vicodin, Percocet, morphine, fentanyl, and Dilaudid
  • Where to go to check in on the day of the surgery

Next, if needed, we will schedule your surgery, which may be soon after this appointment. One of our nurses or physicians assistants will talk to you about what you can expect from surgery and answer any questions you may have. A surgical coordinator will work with your insurance company to get authorization approval before surgery.