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02/26/2016
By: Marilyn Y.
Westchase Orthopaedics & Rehab
Dr. Horan is excellent and personable. Having worked in the medical field in the past and with Orthopedic doctors, I consider myself lucky to have been assigned him during for my emergency ankle surgery at Tampa Community Hospital. His staff are extremely helpful and very pleasant.
10/25/2016
By: Tampaguy X.
Florida Orthopedic Institute
First of all, you will probably get to actually see a doctor only rarely. Secondly, if you call them for an unscheduled appointment because you're in a lot of pain, they will offer you something weeks in the future. That is my experience, anyway.
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Orthopedic surgeons attend four years of medical school, then four to five years of orthopedic residency in a hospital. They must also be licensed and certified in orthopedic surgery by the state in which they practice.
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The cost of a visit to an orthopedic surgeon depends on the type of tests ordered and treatment given. For example, an MRI costs $500-$1,300. An initial consultation costs $100- $500, while anesthesia for a procedure generally ranges from $2,000-$4,000. Overall, an orthopedic surgery can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000.
During a consultation or first appointment with an orthopedic surgeon, the practitioner will ask the patient a variety of questions to understand the situation. The surgeon might ask about the patient's pain levels, medical history, and any prior injuries. Then, the surgeon will administer a physical exam and possibly schedule tests to better understand the problem. Possible tests include a stress test, x-ray, or MRI.

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