Common Questions

Before Your Appointment

Where do I call for an appointment?
To schedule a consultation call 952-929-6994. When you call, we will ask the reason for your visit, the name of your referring physician and dates and locations of any related testing. If you have been asked to schedule any testing at our vascular lab, call 952-345-4181.

How do I prepare for the first office visit?
It's always wise to confirm that your insurance covers the physicians at the Minnesota Vascular Clinic before you schedule a visit. Make sure your primary care physician has given you a referral if your insurance policy requires one. Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before your first appointment to complete your medical history. Also bring the items listed below.

What should I bring with me to the office visit?

  • Related x-rays, tests and medical reports
  • A list of any prescription and non-prescription medications you are taking
  • A list of any allergies
  • The name and phone number of your pharmacy
  • Your insurance card
  • The name and phone number of your referring physician and clinic
  • Cash, check or credit card for any co-pay your insurance requires

How long will my appointment last?
This can vary greatly depending on the physician, but it's wise to allow at least 1 hour for the visit.

What parking is available?
The most convenient parking is the skyway parking ramp at 65th Street, west of France Avenue. The rate for this ramp is $2.00 for the first hour and $1.00 for each additional hour. There is a courtesy phone in the skyway if you need help crossing. There is also a limited number of handicapped parking spaces at the entrance to our building at 6405 France Avenue.

Before Your Procedure

What benefits should I confirm with my insurance carrier?
Make sure your insurance covers the Minnesota Vascular Clinic and also the specific type of procedure your condition requires.

How long do I have to wait until my procedure?
The urgency of your procedure varies with the diagnosis. We always work with you to schedule your procedure in the time frame most appropriate for your vascular condition.

Do I need a physical before my procedure?
Most surgical and interventional radiology procedures require IV sedation, and therefore a pre-operative history and physical will be required. the details will be discussed at the time of your visit.

Who can help me complete any required disability or insurance forms?
Please bring or fax your forms to our office at 952-345-4190. We typically have them done within one week and will call you when they're ready to be picked up.

After Your Procedure

Who do I call with questions about my recovery?
Call our office and one of our experienced staff members will be happy to answer any questions you have.

When should I call my doctor?
If your recovery is not progressing as your physician suggested it would, call our office to discuss your concerns.

Who do I call after hours?
An on-call physician is available 24 hours a day for urgent concerns at our office phone number. For less pressing questions, please leave a message in the general voicemail and your call will be returned on the next business day. If you think you need immediate medical attention, call 911.

Do I need to come back after surgery?
Your surgeon will let you know if a post-operative appointment is required.

Who do I call for prescription refills?
Call your pharmacy for refills; they will contact us for approval. Allow at least 24 hours for the prescription to be refilled. We do not fill narcotic prescriptions after office hours, so please plan ahead and make requests for your medications during business hours. If your initial prescription was filled at the hospital following your surgery, you will need to contact our office to refill your prescription.

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