Patient Educational Materials
- Affinity Access
- Blue Cross HMO POS
- Blue Cross PPO
- Blue Cross Pathway
- Blue Cross Pathway Enhanced
- United Healthcare
- United Healthcare Compass
If your particular insurance plan is not listed, we strive to work with you and your out of network benefits to accommodate you. Kindly contact our office at 212-606-1725 for personal assistance.
Prior to Visit Information
We’re glad you’ve chosen to take action in order to feel relief. On behalf of Dr. Strickland, here are a few things you might consider doing before coming in for your consultation.
Take note of which activities worsen your symptoms and what makes you feel better. Keep track of recent changes in activity, whether you have new running shoes or old ones, and to determine what caused your injury.
Gather Your STUFF
Please bring your MRI, CT, or X-ray images on CD to your appointment. Any results of relevant blood work, reports of previous surgeries, or other health information can help Dr. Strickland form an accurate picture of your history and current injury.
We strongly encourage patients to fill out forms prior to their visit to reduce waiting time at the office. You should have received an email with a link to access your forms through our online portal. Please check your junk and spam folders if you believe you did not receive it.
If you are having difficulty with the online forms, please contact our office at 212.606.1725.
Post Surgery Information
Now that you’ve gone through the procedure, it’s important to know how to care for yourself. Follow these steps to ensure a healthy healing process.
Keep it cold
Use the ice machine as directed or purchase several gel ice packs and apply with fabric next to the skin for 20 minutes every 60 to 90 minutes. Ice is most important during first week, but should still be used 3 to 4 times a day for 6 to 8 weeks, especially after a lot of activity.
Keep it dry
The initial hospital dressing stays on for the first 48 hours, replaced by a waterproof dressing. You can cover small arthroscopy portals with Nexcare™ bandaids; these bandaids resemble plastic wrap and keep water out of the wound. Cover larger wounds with Tegaderm™, available in most pharmacies. I usually use absorbable sutures and glue, so it is unlikely anything will need to be removed.
Keep your foot up on a bed, sofa or coffee table when resting if you just had knee surgery. For shoulder surgery, it is much more comfortable to stay relatively upright, which means sleeping on the couch, a recliner, or with a lot of pillows in bed.
Keep track of your medication
You will be prescribed a prescription pain reliever. This most often contains Tylenol®, which should not be mixed with over the counter pain relievers. Please write down when you take your medication so you take it at regular intervals to keep your pain level at a minimum. Also, please call our office or email [email protected] when you are starting to get low on medication; narcotics are impossible to obtain on weekends.
Start your physical therapy
The physical therapy instructions come from the physical therapist at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Start these exercises immediately so you get moving; this helps you avoid stiffness and hopefully a blood clot. A staff member from Dr. Strickland’s office will call you the day after surgery to answer any questions you may have.