Pediatric Orthopaedics at Johns Hopkins
Getting the Most Out of Your Visit
Check which office you are visiting. Make sure that you know how to get to the office.
Things to bring
- Medical records such as laboratory results and copies of x-rays, MRI, CT, lab, and other studies which may help the physician in his or her evaluation. This is especially true if you are being seen at Hopkins for the first time or referred by an outside physician.
- An insurance card or managed care medical referral (if your health insurance requires the referral).
- A list of the medications your child is taking (including name, doses, and frequency of doses).
- Your child’s medical history, such as previous hospitalizations, previous surgeries and conditions for which you currently are being followed by another doctor.
- Also bring the name and contact information of your referring doctor so that the Orthopaedic Surgery team can send along copies of the note from your clinic visit and other information if you desire.
- Also bring along books, small games, snacks, formula, diapers, or change of baby clothes.
Have your child dressed appropriately. If possible, loose clothing that is easy to take off and put on, so that the physician may more easily examine the part of your body that is bothering your child. For example, shorts are helpful for problems of the lower extremities. Weather may obviously affect what you can wear on any given day
Overview of the Clinic Visit
When you arrive you will be seen first at the registration desk. There, we will verify your personal and insurance information. You will proceed to the waiting area and then to an exam room. During this time you will be asked questions concerning your child’s health and the reason you are seeing the physician.
Your child may be examined by a physician's assistant, nurse practitioner or orthopaedic resident before you are seen by your surgeon.
If x-rays are needed, we will do them during your office visit.