Q: How do I make an Appointment?
Q: Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
A: This depends on your insurance. Most insurance companies no longer require a referral however we recommend verifying with your insurance company if you are unsure. Most medical specialists prefer referred patients. This is mainly to try to ensure that the specialist you are seeing is appropriate for you and your condition. Check with your insurance company to see if a referral is necessary.
Q: What to bring for your initial consultation?
A: Here is check list for your initial consultation
- Driver’s License or a valid ID
- Insurance information
- Completed forms
- Reports, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans etc. and any other relevant information
If you have already had a joint replacement and your are seeing Dr. Jacob for a possible revision surgery.
PLEASE BRING THE FOLLOWING TO YOUR FIRST VISIT:
- Previous operative reports
- Any x-rays, CT’s, MRI’s, Bone Scans, Other imaging done
- Any laboratory testing previously obtained
- The practice location and phone number of your previous surgeon
- The location and contact information for the hospital your procedure was completed at
We encourage you to come to your initial consultation with a written list of questions to ensure you don’t forget to ask them when you are seeing the doctor.
Q: Are my medical records kept private and confidential?
A: Your medical file is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. Our staff is bound by strict confidentiality requirements as a condition of employment regarding your medical records. We will not release the contents of your medical file without your consent.
Q: What does Dr. Jacob do differently to achieve good results?
A: Dr. Jacob has extensive training from the world’s leading experts in hip and knee replacement. He has brought cutting edge techniques to the Oklahoma City area. He also is involved in research focused on the critical analysis of results and thus is continually striving for improving outcomes.
Q: Why should I come to Dr. Jacob for my surgery?
A: Simply put, Dr. Jacob and his staff are highly specialized in the care and treatment of lower extremity joint pathology. This allows us to be streamlined with regard to your preoperative, surgical, and postoperative care. It has been well studied in the medical literature that there are fewer post-operative complications if surgery is performed at a joint replacement center by a fellowship trained joint replacement surgeon. Furthermore, Community Hospital is designated as a Blue Cross Blue Shield Center of Distinction in Hip and Knee Replacement. Our nursing staff is beyond reproach with a very low nurse to patient ratio. At Community Hospital you will find the best surgeons, the best hospital, and the best nurses — a winning combination for successful outcomes.
Q: What does it mean to be a Blue Cross Blue Shield Center of Distinction for Hip and Knee Replacement
A: Blue Distinction Centers (BDC) met overall quality measures for patient safety and outcomes, developed with input from the medical community. Blue Distinction Centers+ (BDC+) also met cost measures that address consumers’ need for affordable healthcare. Each facility’s cost of care is evaluated using data from its Local Blue Plan.
Q: What is Dr. Jacob’s training and background?
A: Dr. Jacob has a special interest in treating all patients with arthritic problems. He has extensive training and experience with minimally invasive approaches to hip and knee replacement. Having trained at the world class Cleveland Clinic has allowed Dr. Jacob to bring the latest techniques and technology to the Oklahoma City area. He has traveled around the world in order to learn from leading experts in hip and knee replacement. He has integrated what he has learned into his surgical technique. He is also keenly interested in reviewing and researching his and others’ results in order to continue to improve the technology and outcomes. Dr. Jacob currently serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Arthroplasty which is the field of adult reconstructions most prestigious peer reviewed journal.
Q: What are the non-surgical treatment options, and does Dr. Jacob offer them?
A: The non-surgical treatment options include activity modification, oral and topical medications including analgesics and antibiotics, bracing, injections including steroids, viscosupplementation, and PRP, along with physical/occupational therapy. Dr. Jacob offers all these as non-surgical treatment options in his practice. He will discuss with you at your consultation if you would be a candidate for these instead of surgery.
Q: What can happen if surgery is avoided?
A: Some complications of not undergoing an orthopedic surgery for your condition include pain, loss of joint motion, joint weakness, numbness and an early onset of arthritis.
Q: What are the risks associated with surgery?
A: As with any surgery, risks include reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, stiffness and nerve damage. Your doctor will discuss the risks associated with your specific procedure.
Q: Will physical therapy be required after surgery?
A: Yes, Getting full range of motion, strength, and flexibility back after surgery usually takes time. The therapists will help guide you safely through your rehabilitation and recovery process.
Q: When can I return to daily activities?
A: This varies depending on the type of procedure undergone, and can range from a few days to a few months. Return to all activities, sports and exercise can take up to four to six months. Your doctor will advise you depending on your particular health condition.