First Visit Information
The time leading up to the first visit to any doctor, especially a fertility specialist, can be a time of anxiety. Knowing what to expect can help ease some of that tension.
What should I do prior to my appointment?
As you make your appointment, our schedulers will ask that you complete a medical history form, which can be obtained from our office or mailed to you.
Patients can access our patient portal to enter all demographic information, medical history and insurance information, and which TRM uses to communicate lab results and treatment plans when needed.
We ask that you complete all registration forms and fax back to us (423-643-0699) or mail to us at least one week prior to your visit. This will allow us to be fully prepared for your visit. Second, please organize all appropriate medical records. If possible, have your provider fax them directly to us at (423) 643-0699.
When should I arrive for my first visit?
Please arrive at our clinic 15 minutes prior to your first scheduled appointment. This will allow you time to fill out any remaining registration paperwork. If you were unable to complete the medical history form prior to this visit, please arrive 30 minutes before your visit so that it may be completed.
Should my partner come to the first visit?
Couples get the most out of visits if both partners are present. This lets both partners ask questions and maximizes communication between the physician and the couple.
What happens at the first visit?
After completing your paperwork, we will check your blood pressure and obtain your height and weight.
You will then meet with the physician who will review your medical history and tell you what tests, if any, should be considered. He or she will also advise you on your diagnosis and tell you what treatment options to think about.
Not everyone will leave with a treatment plan. Sometimes additional testing is required prior to knowing how best to proceed, or the individual or couple needs to time to consider all the options.
Will I have to have a physical exam?
Most times a physical examination is not required at the first visit. Unless there is a medical reason to perform an exam, this may be deferred.
Will I have blood work performed?
This depends on what tests have been ordered by your referring and/or primary provider. It also depends on your medical history and your current menstrual cycle day. Not all tests can be performed on the same day of the cycle.
How much will the visit cost?
This depends on your insurance company. Many patients have coverage for diagnostic testing and evaluation. We will verify and inform you of your insurance benefits prior to your visit. If you have benefits for the condition that we are evaluating, you might be accountable for the co-pay only.
If you don’t have insurance coverage, the cost of the initial consultation is $300 (any laboratory or ultrasound testing is billed separately). We are sensitive to patient finances, and the physician will help you prioritize testing.
How long will my visit last?
This can depend on an individual’s needs. Allow time for completing registration (15 minutes) and a physician consultation (30 to 45 minutes). If an ultrasound and/or bloodwork is performed, this may require more time (15-20 minutes). Patients may also want to meet with the financial counselor to learn about costs and payment options (15 minutes).
In sum, 60-90 minutes is the average time for the first consult.