When should I consider a remote consultation?
Decisions pertaining to your healthcare are some of the most important that you will make. Orthopaedic ailments can have a significant effect on one’s quality of life; knee pain can inhibit everyday activities, ranging from walking, to something as simple as sleeping. Whether you only wish to return to these daily activities, are a weekend warrior, or want to resume a life of elite athletic ability, you should feel well informed and have carefully considered your treatment plan.
You may be wondering if you are a candidate for a certain procedure or treatment or you may be seeking a “second opinion” regarding your injury or ailment. In this case, a discussion with another physician can be valuable to confirm the diagnosis, review treatment options, or perhaps even catch something that was not seen during the first evaluation. This is a relatively common practice, and it is unlikely that a physician would object to this.
How do I request a remote consultation?
Dr. Gilmer specializes in knee evaluation and treatment, and would be happy to provide evaluation and treatment options, whether it is an initial evaluation or a second opinion. An appointment can be made either by calling our office or by contacting us online (Request a Consultation)
In California, the Mammoth Lakes office can be contacted at (760)924-4084
In Nevada, the Double R Office can be reached at (775)-507-4668
If you are not a resident of the Eastern Sierra, please contact us and then send any medical records and images pertaining to your condition and contact the corresponding office. Upon receipt of your records we will review and contact you within 1-2 business days.
Do I need a referral?
In the vast majority of cases, no referral is needed to be seen by Dr. Gilmer or to have a remote consultation.
What is the cost of a remote consultation?
An initial review of your records and a phone consultation is performed without charge. If you proceed with seeking care with Dr. Gilmer standard medical costs apply.
Most insurance plans are accepted by Dr. Gilmer. However, if you have an HMO insurance plan, you will need special approval from your insurance company prior to an in-person appointment or surgery. Out of pocket costs will vary, depending on your insurance plan.
What if surgery is required, but I do not live in the area?
The need for surgical intervention can often be evaluated by thoroughly discussing a history of the injury and symptoms, reviewing the medical records, and reviewing the imaging studies.
If surgical intervention is decided upon and you would like to proceed with surgery with Dr. Gilmer, an appointment will be made prior to surgery to meet your surgeon in person to perform a detailed examination and review your records. Much of your follow up care can be done remotely, your results are tracked with an online database, and a referral to a physical therapist local to you can be made.
In most cases, surgery can be performed on a same day (outpatient) basis. Patients are encouraged to remain in the area 1-2 days to ensure a smooth transition. In most cases an early postoperative visit with your team and/or physical therapy occurs within 1-2 days after surgery and prior to you returning home to review instructions, and ensure your comfort and safety.
As we do have many visitors here in the Eastern Sierra, we are experienced in treating patients who do not live locally.