Question of the day: Would patients prefer to communicate with their surgeon electronically more than coming into the office?
I think the answer depends on the patient, the type of problem they are facing, and what the office visit was supposed to accomplish.
Certainly, I wouldn’t be able to evaluate a patient for the very first time without seeing them in person. However, after surgery there are many times I tell patients to just call or email me if they are doing well and come into the office if they still have questions or concerns.
I know that if I were a patient, I would not want to take time off of work to travel to a doctor’s office for a routine check up after surgery. Some patients however have more complicated issues that require a complete evaluation, further imaging such as an x-ray, MRI, or etc.