Foot and Ankle Service
Physicians of the foot and ankle service provide comprehensive management of a broad range of foot and ankle problems, providing current, state-of-the-art perspective of care with respect to the foot and ankle. These physicians are board certified or board eligible by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and have successfully completed orthopaedic subspecialty fellowships in foot and ankle surgery. Two podiatrists also contributes to patient care and is certified by the American Board of Podiatry. Additionally, this service includes two Physician Assistants, Medical Assistants, a dedicated group of physical therapists, occupational therapists, on site orthotics and prosthetics, diabetic foot care specialists, nurses and social workers with special expertise in the care, management and rehabilitation of complex foot and ankle patients.
5000 patients are seen, and over 600 foot and ankle surgeries are performed on an annual basis. Approximately 50% of the surgeries performed are complex revisions for failed prior operations. In addition to the foot and ankle care that we provide, we have training in orthopedic trauma and work at our Level 1 Trauma Center. Our expertise includes:
The American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society maintains a website that contains useful information for the patient and the practitioner at the following link: www.AOFAS.org.
Appointments or referrals can be made directly by calling Penn State Hershey Bone & Joint Institute at 717-531-5638 or Careline at 717-531-6955 or 800-243-1455.
If you are a physician making a referral, you may call Penn State MD Network at 717-531-5880 or 800-233-4082.
Hospital Admissions and Billing
While you are a patient at Penn State Hershey, we want to do everything possible to make your surgery and stay convenient and comfortable. If you are scheduled for admission to our hospital, you may want to review the following list of questions about our admissions and billing procedures before you arrive.
Patients are pre-admitted by their surgical coordinator at the outpatient clinic. The coordinator is responsible for obtaining your financial information and scheduling your admission time to Penn State Hershey. He or she can also answer any questions you have about insurance. Additionally, your physician may request some tests to be done before you are admitted. The surgical coordinator or your doctor’s office will arrange for an appointment to have the tests completed on an outpatient basis.
On the day you are scheduled for admission, you will check-in at the Admissions Office, located near the hospital’s main lobby. Patients should make plans for someone to drive them to Penn State Hershey. Parents must accompany patients who are younger than 18 years old. Once you have checked in, a patient services representative will show you to your room where you will be introduced to your nurse and given an admissions information packet. If you were admitted through the Emergency Department, you will be assigned a bed by the operating room. A patient services representative will contact you once you have been assigned your room.
Be prepared to provide your identification, insurance card and any necessary deductible or insurance copayment. If you are admitting a child, you will need to provide the hospital with written consent to provide your child with medical care. Guardians must bring legal proof of guardianship.
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