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General FAQs

How do I make an appointment?

Simply call us at (860) 679-6600 during our working hours (Monday to Friday 8am – 5pm) or you can request an appointment online using this form.

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?

Check with your insurance company to see if a referral is necessary. Some insurance companies require a referral to ensure that the specialist you are seeing is appropriate for you and your condition. Dr. Halawi is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement surgery. If you have never seen a doctor for your hip or knee pain in past, have not had any form of treatment (over the counter or prescription medications, injections, etc.), or have never had X-rays of your joint, it is highly unlikely that surgery will be offered to you during the initial consultation.

Do you accept second opinions?

Yes.

What to bring for your initial consultation?

Here is check list for your initial consultation:

  • Driver’s License or a valid ID
  • Insurance information
  • Referral Letter (if required)
  • X-rays, CT scans etc. and any other imaging studies on a CD. Please do not just bring the imaging reports.
  • Operative report(s) and X-rays before and after surgery (if applicable)
  • List of medications (if any)
  • Laboratory workup (if applicable)
  • New Patient Questionnaires

What is your policy on opioid prescriptions?

We do not prescribe opioids for chronic or non-surgical pain. After surgery, patients receive a single prescription for a small-dose, shorting acting opioid to be used as a backup medication for pain. Refills are rarely ordered.

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