Usually patient’s will meet Dr Puttaswamy for the first time at their first consultation in our rooms in either St Leonards or Wahroonga. When coming for this first appointment we ask that you bring with you:
- Your referral
- Any previous examinations that relate to reason for your visit
It is also important at this first consultation that Dr Puttaswamy gets a comprehensive picture of your medical history and any current ailments that you have. If the following apply to you please also bring :
- Details of your medical history
- List of medications
- List of previous operations
We endeavour to run on time, but sometimes there are emergencies that delay Dr Puttaswamy and/or some patients require more time than can be anticipated. Because we know that your health is important to you, each patient is given the time they require to get both the information and the care they need.
Once Dr Puttaswamy is ready to see you he will get from you a detailed history of your current and past ailments. Your first consultation will often include a physical examination where Dr Puttaswamy will examine the area of concern.
This will include:
- Assessing the pulses at various points in your legs
- Assessing your abdomen
- Assessing your carotid arteries (in your neck)
- Assessing the pulses in your arms
After the examination Dr Puttaswamy will recommend a course of action. Often, if you have not previously had examinations of the affected area he will refer you to have tests done. These can includehaving ultrasounds at a specialist vascular ultrasound laboratory and/or examinations at a radiology practice which can include CT and MRI. In the presence of these tests, Dr Puttaswamy will suggest a course of action.
These can include:
- No action
- Monitoring (ie; no intervention with review on a regular basis)
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Surgical procedure
Dr Puttaswamy will take the time to explain your options for treatment and our administrative staff will go through the details of costs and logistics (where and when).
Once your consultation is concluded and arrangements have been made for the next step in your treatment (if any), you will be asked to pay your account, which we can submit directly to Medicare for you, or you can take your receipt and claim yourself.
Our aim at Sydney Vascular Surgery is to provide you with as much information as possible, so that you are well equipped to make decisions about managing your vascular health, so if you leave the office and you have more questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help.