Since new patients generally require a more comprehensive evaluation, a longer appointment must be scheduled. Our office staff will always attempt to give you the earliest possible new patient appointment. New patients are told to plan to be here at least 2 hours. During this time, we do a complete history and physical examination and, if necessary, laboratory tests and x-rays may be taken. Routine or follow-up visits are briefer and can generally be scheduled within a few days of your call, but new patient appointments will take longer to schedule. Urgent appointments can usually be scheduled within a few days. We are always happy to see patients who refer themselves or are referred by friends.