What constitutes an Internet Consult? For no fee, the physicians at REOrthpaedics will do all they can to help you and your family both understand your condition and receive appropriate care. In the process, we may ask you questions about your health, previous/current care and current status (i.e.; weight-bearing capacity, wound healing and current disabilities). If you can send your clinical photographs and plain x-rays over the Internet (as jpeg files), we will be happy to review and comment on them, as well. If, however, your medical condition proves too complex to comfortably manage on the Internet, a formal consultation may be necessary and a $200 fee generated. For this, we will offer an opinion based on a detailed review of medical records, pathology slides, x-rays and/or discs of other, radiographic studies (MRI scans, CT scans, bone scans, etc). If, on completion, we feel our services will not help you, the $200 will be returned, in full.
In accordance with laws stipulating we practice medicine only in states in which we are licensed, no prescriptions or treatment will be offered until you are seen in San Diego, as a patient. If we do, indeed, provide your care and offer definitive treatment, REOrthopaedics will reimburse your airfare for the initial office visit. In most instances, it will be necessary to see a patient before insurance coverage can be pre-certified and surgery scheduled in the operating room; for those patients coming from countries outside the United States, special arrangements are made in lew of same.
Our curriculum vitae and scientific work are posted on the Internet for review. We are experts with over 30 years of experience in the fields of musculoskeletal infection, musculoskeletal oncology, deformity correction and complex orthopaedic reconstructions. As such, our opinions are meant not to set community “standards of care” but, rather, as a source of evidence-based information to help patients and providers make wise choices. GC 11/23/09