Why Orthopedic Virtual Care?
By Ben Nwachukwu
October 2, 2020
Everyday life can get busy and coordinating medical visits with your physician’s office can become challenging. Virtual healthcare delivery can save patients the hassle of trying to get an appointment with a doctor, haggling on the phone with a receptionist over appointment times, driving to the office and sitting in the waiting room of a crowded office space.

Beyond the conveniences provided by virtual care, in some areas there are no highly reputable orthopedic specialists and so to obtain an in-person appointment you have to drive hours for a 15 minute appointment. Virtual care solutions allow you to have access to the best specialists diminishes issues of healthcare access.

BICMD has carefully selected our network of experts in order to take out the guesswork from identifying a network of best in class providers. Our cutting edge virtual care platform delivers orthopedic telemedicine in a way that is convenient and allows busy individuals to take control of their musculoskeletal health.

In-person appointments are outdated 

Telemedicine represents a major paradigm shift in healthcare. Doctors and patients are now understanding that it is simply not necessary to be seen in person for a majority of conditions.

At BICMD, we’ve made it possible to get the on-demand orthopedic care and virtual second opinions you need without spending hours waiting around. Our nationwide network of top-tier orthopedic specialists allows you access to the very best orthopedic surgeons in a variety of time zones, so you can book your appointment when it’s convenient to you.

How does orthopedic virtual care work? 

Orthopedic virtual care works in the same way as a traditional doctor’s appointment. Except with telemedicine, you don’t waste time traveling or sitting in a waiting room. Particularly for orthopedic patients, this is a benefit because “pain with movement” is a common reason for seeing an orthopedic specialist. The less you have to move, the less pain you’ll experience. Our goal to help you feel better starts right away – by helping you avoid the discomfort associated with getting to an in-person appointment. BICMD experts can save you wasted visits providing you with a diagnosis based on the imaging that you already have or provide recommendations for next steps and further imaging.

What happens at an orthopedic telemedicine Telehealth appointment? 

At your orthopedic virtual care appointment, you will meet with your doctor via a video meeting. You will speak face to face in real-time, just like a regular appointment. You can ask all the questions you need, and you will have up to 60 minutes of one-on-one time with your doctor. Compare that to the usual 5 or less minutes you’d spend with a typical in-office physician, and you’ll see why so many people opt for BICMD telemedicine over traditional in-person appointments.

Your physician will review your medical records, including any advanced studies or x-rays you have, and provide you with an accurate and appropriate diagnosis, treatment plan, recommendation, or second opinion. Whatever your level of need is, an orthopedic telemedicine consult from BICMD can meet them at your convenience.

Can I really be diagnosed with a virtual care visit?

Yes, you can be provided with an accurate and trusted diagnosis using just a BICMD virtual care visit. Our orthopedic specialists are leaders in their field. They are board-certified specialists and surgeons with years of experience, fellowships, prestigious residencies, and awards. They are wholly qualified to provide you with an accurate diagnosis that puts you on the path to recovery during a telemedicine appointment.

Should I get a second opinion on my condition? 

Second opinions for musculoskeletal conditions are an essential part of the care cycle. Second opinions can be helpful for providing reassurance with treatment recommendations and diagnoses. Specifically for musculoskeletal conditions 1 in 4 recommendations for surgery are converted to non-operative treatment after a second opinion is rendered. With this in mind – when facing the recommendation for surgery a second opinion can be useful for providing peace of mind and/or another opinion that involves avoiding surgery.

Are BICMD orthopedic telemedicine doctors reliable? 

The orthopedic specialists at BICMD are nationally recognized, board-certified doctors of orthopedic medicine. BICMD experts have undergone a rigorous vetting and approval process to join our curated network of experts. Every orthopedic specialist in our network is heavily vetted before joining the staff of BICMD. We only partner with “Best In Class” surgeons, and specialists with world-class resumes, education, and experience. All of our board-certified doctors are thought leaders in their fields, with extensive experience and training so that they fit BICMD’s exacting standards of care.

Our doctors have their own brick-and-mortar medical offices throughout the country, and they choose to work with BICMD’s virtual patients as a way to help increase patient’s access and connectivity to musculoskeletal treatments.

Best in class experts for..

  • Nicola Fabbri
    • Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
    • Advisory Panel of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network
  • Wakenda Tyler, MD MPH
    • Chief of Orthopedic Oncology Service
    • Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Charles Goldfarb, MD
    • Chief of Pediatric and Adolescent Orthopedic Surgery
    • Executive Vice Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • David Altchek, MD
    • Chief Emeritus of the HSS Sports Medicine Institute
    • Medical Director for the New York Mets (MLB)
  • Riley Williams III, MD
    • Attending surgeon and professor, top-ranked Hospital for Special Surgery
    • Medical Director for the Brooklyn Nets (NBA) and Team Physician for USA Basketball
  • Michael Cross, MD
    • Orthopedic surgeon, top-ranked Hospital for Special Surgery
    • Chief of Research, Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Service