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Will my insurance cover my visit?
A referral from your a doctor such as your Primary Care or Orthopedic physician is needed for all consultations. We accept most insurances but, it is best to verify by calling your insurance carrier to ensure eligibility of services. You can also call us find out if we accept your insurance. (562) 698 - 0679 OPTION 2
Can I get a same-day appointment?
In some cases you can if you are suffering from extreme pain or need to be assessed right away. It is best to call ahead of time and make a future appointment to ensure your visit.
What can I do to prepare for surgery?
Dr. Aho may ask you to see your internist (or a specialist such as a cardiologist) in order to get "medically cleared" for surgery. The intent is to reduce the risk of anesthesia by identifying and optimally treating medical conditions. For patients with a history of heart problems or who may be at increased risk of a heart attack, this may involve specific tests to assess the blood flow to the heart.
In order to reduce the risk of bleeding during or immediately following neurosurgery, it is important to tell your neurosurgeon if you are taking any medications that thin the blood (anticoagulants) or if you have a natural tendency for bleeding (hemophilia). Always tell your neurosurgeon if you take aspirin (even baby aspirin) because in most cases aspirin should be stopped at least 7 days prior to surgery. Other medications, including herbs, vitamins, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories such as Motrin, may also have to be stopped prior to surgery.
How do I prepare the day before surgery?
Designate someone who will drop and pick you up after surgery.
Follow all of Dr. Aho's directions.
Breath and relax. Take time for yourself to mentally prepare for your recovery post surgery.
Review this detailed article to get more tips on preparing for your surgery. PREPARING FOR NEUROSURGERY
Who do I contact for billing questions?
Please call Whittier Medical Management for billing or claim questions at (562) 696 - 9265.