Preparing for your Office Visit
Planning Your Appointment
Planning ahead before your visit to Dr. Thon’s office will help make your experience as effective as possible. It is important that you give us the information that we need so that we can gain the best understanding of your problem, determine the factors that may influence your treatment and determine the cause of the problem.
Before your arrive?
You will receive an email prior to your appointment to register for your online portal. The online portal will contain forms which will help facilitate your evaluation. You can complete these forms at home on a device of your choice or in the office when you arrive for your appointment. If planning to fill out the forms at the office, please allow for an additional 5-10 minutes to complete the forms prior to your appointment. Once completed, the documents will automatically go into your electronic medical record. No printing is needed. These forms only need to be filled out once on your first visit unless there are any significant changes or updates at future appointment. If you have not received this email please check your junk/spam inbox. Not there, call our office for assistance phone: .
Patients coming in for an Independent Medical Exam (IME) will be given registration forms at the time of their appointment. We do not send these in advance. If you have any questions please call .
Imaging prior to your visit?
As part of a comprehensive evaluation, Dr. Thon will routinely order radiographs (x-rays) of the affected extremity prior to your first visit. These are crucial to providing a thorough and complete evaluation when you come to our office. If you have had previous x-rays or imaging, please notify our office when making your appointment and bring a physical copy of the images with you to your appointment if possible.
What time should you arrive?
Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your first appointment so that you can fill out any office forms that are still needed
What should I bring with me?
As a general rule of thumb, the more information you bring to your appointment the better it will help us give you a diagnosis, prognosis and the best recommendations available to you.
When you come for your appointments, please bring the following:
- Driver’s License or a valid ID
- Insurance information
- Referral Letter (if required)
- Reports, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, etc. and any other relevant information. If possible please bring a physical copy of any of these tests/scans.
- Your medications and herbal supplements.
- Your medical records.
- Your surgical and operative reports.
- A list of allergies and any reactions you have to medications.
- Any questions or concerns you have about your current condition.
- List of medications (if any)
To cancel an appointment
Telephone the office during business hours and allow at least 1 days’ notice so that we can offer your appointment time to patients on our waiting list.
We recognize that your time is valuable, and we make every effort to run on time. Occasionally emergencies or patients require a little more time, and these cause scheduling delays beyond our control. We apologize if we keep you waiting.
Also be sure to...
- Review the material you were given in the office.
- Make a list of questions that you did not ask during your visit. You may ask them at your next visit or call our office.
- Follow the instructions given in the office. Take all medication as prescribed for the full course. If you have an adverse side effect from the medication, call us and let us know so that we can change your medication.
- Be complete and accurate with your medical history.
- Take notes while you are at your appointment.
- Ask about any effects treatment or surgery may have on your daily activities.
- Ask for handouts that you can review at a later time.
- Our office will help you verify that the surgery is covered by your policy.