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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a referral for Specialty Services?

Yes. Referrals to the Specialty Services Department are for a specific problem identified by a primary care clinician (PCC).  Routine, non-emergency appointments are typically scheduled within four weeks.

What happens if I need surgery? How is it arranged?

Your surgeon will discuss the procedure with you and the pre-op scheduler will contact you. Most patients will have a pre-op physical exam and/or blood work and an EKG with their PCC. Ariel Evans, MA, the pre-op scheduler, will make all  pre-op appointments and arrange them with you over the phone.  You may call the pre-op scheduler at 203-432-8728.

How will I receive my test results from Specialty Services?

Results are communicated through follow-up visits, by a telephone call from our department, with MyChart or by mail.

I've been told I need surgery. Can I get a second opinion?

Yes. If you feel you need a second opinion, please discuss this with your surgical team or primary care clinician who will refer you to a second opinion within the Yale Health network if appropriate.