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Frequently Asked Questions for Orthopedic Surgery Patients in Houston, TX

When visiting a new physician, you may have questions about your visit and treatment. We have answers! These are the most frequently asked questions that we’ve received at K. Mathew Warnock, MD’s office.

What is an orthopedic surgeon?

An orthopedic surgeon specializes in injuries to bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Dr. Warnock is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and a Board-Certified Orthopedic Sports Medicine Specialist.

What are your business hours?

Our hours are Monday – Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.

What should I expect during my first visit?

We generally take X-rays and then perform a physical examination of the affected body part. Dr. Warnock will set aside time to discuss your condition and possible treatment options. In some cases, further testing may be ordered.

What should I bring to my first visit?

Please bring your insurance card, ID, and completed new patient forms. We also request a list of all current medications and their dosages. Also, please bring copies of any radiology reports, MRI images, and clinic notes of previous treatments for your condition.

Can X-rays be done in your office?

Yes, we offer this service as a convenience to our patients.

Will surgery be recommended for my injury?

Many orthopedic injuries can be treated without surgery by using physical therapy, medication, and other conservative treatments. However, surgery may be recommended for severe injuries.

Should I use ice or heat on my injury?

For the first 24 to 48 hours after an injury, apply ice indirectly to the area to reduce swelling and inflammation. Do not apply ice for more than 20 minutes, and give yourself a rest period of at least 20 minutes between applications. Once inflammation and swelling subside, use heat for pain as needed.

What is arthroscopic surgery?

Minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery involves the use of a tiny camera inserted into the body through a small incision to diagnose and treat problems of the knee, hip, ankle, shoulder, and other joints. It is usually performed on an outpatient basis, and patients generally face a quick recovery.

Will physical therapy be required after surgery?

Dr. Warnock believes in the power of physical therapy to help regain function and decrease pain, but it is not required for all patients. Physical therapy will be ordered after surgery when needed. Following Dr. Warnock’s post-surgery instructions, including physical therapy if prescribed, will give you the best chance for recovery.

If this page did not provide you with the answer to your question, please reach out to K. Mathew Warnock, MD at (281) 807-4380 or fill out the form at the bottom of this page.