Your Clinic Visit

kirklinclinicAll UAB neurosurgeons see their patients at The Kirklin Clinic, UAB Highlands, or Medical West.


What to Bring to Your Clinic Appointment

Prior to your clinic appointment, there are several things your neurosurgeon will need to provide a complete evaluation:
  • All imaging studies and reports, such as x-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans. There is no need to bring CDs or film if your imaging was performed at UAB Hospital, The Kirklin Clinic, or UAB Highlands.
  • A full list of your medications, including name, dosages, frequency, and the prescribing physician. These medications will be reviewed during your clinic visit.
  • All medical records pertinent to your clinic visit from non-UAB physicians. This also includes reports from consultations and hospital discharge summaries.
  • If you have a heart condition, please bring any pertinent documentation from your cardiologist including history of surgery, stents, ECG or echocardiograms. This is necessary to evaluate your fitness for surgery.
  • Insurance cards and claim forms.
 

Where and When to Go

If your appointment is at The Kirklin Clinic, you will go to the Neurosurgery Clinic check-in desk on the 5th floor. If your appointment is at one of our other clinics, your neurosurgeon’s office will instruct you where to go.

Please arrive for your appointment 30 minutes before your scheduled time to complete any necessary paperwork. You should expect your clinic visit to take 1-2 hours. Due to surgical emergencies, there may be instances when the wait is longer.

Your Appointment

clinicvisitAfter you have checked in and completed your paperwork, you will be escorted to a holding room to obtain your vital signs and other essential information. Afterward, you will be directed to an examination room, where you will first meet a nurse or resident physician. This is an essential and thorough meeting that is intended to capture critical information about your condition. This part of the appointment will typically take 15-20 minutes.

After reviewing all of your information, the neurosurgeon will meet with you to discuss your condition, perform a physical examination, and make specific treatment recommendations.

If surgery is offered, the procedure will be clearly explained, including the risks, benefits and alternatives. You may also be asked to proceed to the Preadmission Clinic, located on the first floor of The Kirklin Clinic, for additional lab work and evaluation. You will be given further instructions after a surgery date is scheduled.

However, not all conditions require surgery. Based on your condition and circumstances, your neurosurgeon will provide information on the best alternatives to surgical treatment. This may include observation, medications, and/or referrals to other specialists. If follow-up appointments are needed, our scheduling office will assist you in selecting a convenient date and time.

Your Feedback

Your feedback is very important to our mission of providing the best care for your condition. You may receive requests for feedback during your clinic visit.