Preparing for your First Visit at the Clinic

Unless otherwise directed, there are no specific preparation instructions for your
initial consultation at the Pezim Clinic. Please do not wear any perfume or scented
skin or hair products to your appointment.

When you arrive you will be asked to identify yourself and complete a questionnaire
about your health. You will be shown to the consultation room by a staff member,
and will be asked to disrobe from the waist down and wrap yourself with a
disposable sheet. Once you have changed, the physician will enter the examination
room and ask you about your presenting problem. There may or may not be
information sent by your referring physician. The physician may repeat questions
on the questionnaire related to such things as allergies and medications in order to
confirm the responses. There may be several questions related to your symptoms
as the physician works through the various possibilities of what your underlying
problem will be. This will be followed by a physical examination.

The physical examination will consist of a general surgical examination that includes
assessment of the abdomen and a simple small scope of the anorectal area, or just
the anorectal scope examination. It depends on what your presenting problem is
and the information the physician receives from discussing your problem with you.

Following the examination you will be asked to cover yourself with the sheet and
sit for a discussion of the findings and possibilities of what may be wrong. The
physician will try to give you a sense of the range of possible diagnoses in the case
of a problem needing further testing, or will tell you your diagnosis immediately
if it is clear from this initial examination. Additional tests may be discussed
and booked. Treatments, in the form of diet changes, medications and possible
surgical procedures may be discussed. Follow-up appointments will be suggested
depending on the problem and the diagnostic or treatment plan. Follow-up
appointments should be booked with the receptionist on your way out of the clinic.

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