Scheduling a consultation
When you are ready to discuss the possibility of having your mitral valve surgery with Dr. Adams or one of our other surgeons at Mount Sinai please call us at 866-MITRAL5 (648-7255) to schedule a consultation. Prior to meeting with Dr. Adams, it is important that we have copies of your most recent echocardiogram including the CD and a hard copy report of the findings. If you have had a cardiac catheterization we need the CD and hard copy report of those findings as well. The nurse practitioners review the consultation charts 1-2 days before the consultation date and it is important that we have those materials in advance in order to stay on schedule for your consultation.
Checking in and patient history with your Nurse Practitioner
The day of the consultation, you will come to GP2W, which is Mount Sinai's Guggenheim Pavilion, 2nd Floor West, right inside the 1190 Fifth Avenue entrance. At the reception desk, you may be asked to fill out some forms and our receptionist will make a copy of your insurance card for our files, if it has not been sent in.
You will first meet with one of our Nurse Practitioners who will take your history and perform a physical exam. They will also review the list of medications you are taking. Our Nurse Practitioner will also answer many of your initial questions. We ask all patients to review the list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers on our website. You will find this list answers the most common questions all patients ask. If you have additional questions, I encourage you to prepare a list of in advance and bring them with you.
Your consultation with Dr. Adams and his surgical partners
Your consultation will continue with one of Dr. Adams’ surgical partners, who will review your clinical history and imaging studies and begin to prepare a plan of treatment. Our website features a list of 10 questions we developed to ask your mitral valve repair surgeon, and we encourage you to print those out and bring them to your consultation. This will also be your opportunity to ask all your additional questions. Dr. Adams will join your consultation to meet you, review your echo studies and diagnosis, and will finalize your care and treatment plan. He will address any final questions you may have.
Scheduling surgery and pre-admission testing
After you have met with Dr. Adams and if you are ready to schedule surgery, you will meet with his administrative staff who will schedule a surgical date for you. Finally, you will meet with one of our admissions coordinators who will schedule you for preadmission testing. Most of our patients are admitted to the hospital the morning of surgery, and so pre-admission testing is done a week or two before the actual surgery and does not require an overnight stay. The admissions coordinator will also give you other information, any medication restrictions that you might have before surgery as well as information about local hotels to stay in if that is something that might be necessary for you or family members the night before surgery.