Your first urology appointment can be a bit intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. Knowing what to expect before you arrive can help alleviate some of the anxiety that comes with any visit to the doctor. At Lansing Institute of Urology, we want you to feel prepared and comfortable when you come in for your first appointment. Let's take a look at what you can expect during your initial visit.
The Intake Process
When you arrive at our office for your first urology appointment, the front desk staff will greet you and ask for your identification and insurance card. You will then be asked to fill out paperwork regarding your medical history, family history, and current medications or supplements. This is an important part of your initial evaluation because it allows us to get an understanding of your overall health before we begin any tests or treatments.
What You Should Bring
It's also important that you bring any relevant medical records from other doctors who have treated you recently. If possible, please also bring copies of X-rays or other imaging scans that you may have had done prior to your visit so that we can review them during your appointment. This information helps us diagnose any existing conditions more accurately and quickly. Additionally, if you are experiencing symptoms such as pain or discomfort, please write them down so that our team can better understand how they may be impacting your overall health and quality of life.
Talking To Your Doctor
Once all of the paperwork is completed, our team will call you back into one of our exam rooms where a urologist will meet with you one-on-one. During this time, they will ask questions about your current symptoms as well as discuss any potential treatments or tests that may need to be performed in order to diagnose the underlying cause of those symptoms. This conversation is an important part of forming a comprehensive treatment plan tailored specifically for each individual patient's needs. It is also an opportunity for patients to ask questions about their condition and receive clear answers on how best to move forward with treatment plans both short-term and long-term.
Once all the paperwork has been completed, a doctor will perform a physical exam where they will check your weight and blood pressure before examining any areas that could be causing problems. Depending on what type of issue we are looking into, this could include feeling around different organs in order to detect any lumps or irregularities. We understand that these exams can be uncomfortable, but rest assured our team is highly trained in providing care in a respectful manner so that all patients feel safe throughout the entire process.
Questions & Discussion
Once the physical exam has been completed, it’s likely the specialist will have questions for you regarding symptoms or lifestyle habits that could impact your condition. Communication between patient and doctor is essential when it comes to properly diagnosing an issue and developing an effective treatment plan going forward. If needed, additional tests may also be administered in order to get further insight into what might be causing issues in order for us to provide the best possible care.
At Lansing Institute of Urology we understand how daunting it can be when visiting a new doctor for the first time; however, by coming prepared with all necessary paperwork and medical records in hand, patients can make sure their appointments run smoothly. Lansing Institute of Health is a Division of Compass Health. The area’s leading physicians have come together for your health. Welcome to a new direction in health care. Physician leaders in the Lansing area have come together to form Compass Health—a multi-specialty medical group committed to preserving the physician/patient relationship in today’s health care landscape. At Compass Health, providing the care you need is the focus of everything we do. The physicians and staff of Compass Health provide leading-edge patient-centered care across a range of medical specialties.