You may be worried before your first appointment with a breast specialist, so it may be easier for you to have a checklist in hand to be sure you don't forget anything. Please bring:
Please feel free to call us at (843) 797-1941 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions after your appointment.
to expedite your visit, please complete the new patient information form below and bring it with you when you come for your appointment. Also, please bring the following:
Please note that all co-pays are due at the time of service. We are happy to discuss deductibles, co-insurance and prior balances with you, and our billing office is available to discuss financial options. Our office is also able to assist with insurance filing and pre-authorization, whenever necessary. We accept Visa, MasterCard and debit cards, cash and checks.
Your First Visit You can expect your first appointment to last for about an hour. Our doctors will meet with you to discuss your concerns and any previous diagnoses, review your mammograms and scans, as well as any pathology (tissue samples from any biopsies), before performing a thorough breast examination.
For the exam, you undress from the waist up. Our doctors will examine your breasts for changes in size or shape. They may ask you to lift your arms over your head, put your hands on your hips or lean forward, and will examine your breasts for any skin changes including rashes, dimpling, or redness. Before surgery we may ask to take pictures of your breast (your head is not in picture) for your medical record.
As you lay on your back with your arms behind your head, our doctors will examine your breasts with the pads of the fingers to detect lumps or other changes. The area under both arms will also be examined. They may gently press around your nipple to check for any discharge. If there is discharge, a sample may be collected for testing.
Our doctors will perform an in-office breast ultrasound when indicated and may order a Breast MRI for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, in order to get more information about the known tumor and to evaluate the other breast.
Finally our doctors will meet with you (and your family or friends) to discuss their findings, answer all of your questions, and suggest a treatment plan. You will leave at the end of the visit with a treatment plan for care either at The Breast Place or with the doctor who referred you.
You can expect that our doctors will explain all results to you, answer all of your questions, and will be ready to discuss the best treatment option for you. Every case of breast disease is different, and our philosophy is to treat the person, not just the disease. Should you need treatment, surgery, reconstruction, massage therapy, chemotherapy, radiation, or any other services related to your breast disease, they can all be coordinated by our doctors and staff.
It may be helpful for you to write down any symptoms you're experiencing, even if they seem unrelated to the reason you scheduled the appointment. If you have any family history of cancer, please be sure to inform our doctors. Bring a list of your medications, including vitamins or supplements, as well as a list of any questions you have. We understand that it is all too easy to forget a crucial concern once you're in a exam robe, so please feel free to call us at (843) 797-1941 or email us with any additional follow-up questions.