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Preparing for your 1st Clinic Visit

Staying active means different things for different people. For many, it means spending time with family, enjoying a round of golf, a bicycle ride, lifting weights, yoga or something more vigorous such as competitive sports or running a marathon. Maintaining an active lifestyle is an essential part of healthy living.

Musculoskeletal joint pain and/or instability affects millions of people every year. Our orthopaedic surgeons have seen how pain and/or instability can affect functional activity as well as emotional health. They have spent their professional life studying how to keep people active. Through research and surgical advances, we can reliably help people remain active and revitalize their quality of life.

Our goal at the University of Utah Orthopaedic Department and Sports Medicine Service is to providethe highest quality orthopaedic care. The combined expertise of the staff has created a program unparalleled both in the region and nationally. The team is working to keep people active and restore quality of life in the Salt Lake Valley and Intermountain West.

Since we do see patients from around the country, we often deal with complicated medical problems. While most individuals have straight forward medical issues, there are occasionally individuals that require more time in clinic. When this occurs, my clinic may run behind and there could be a longer wait than your scheduled appointment. Let me apologize ahead of time if I run behind, but I want to make sure that all of my patients get their questions answered during the visit. My staff will do their best to keep you informed about the wait times. Please bring a book, homework, electronics, etc. with you so that you can stay busy if there is a delay in your appointment.

It is helpful to fill out the New Patient Forms prior to your visit. There is a different form for the University Orthopaedic Center and Primary Childrens Hospital. These forms can be found on the website link. If you have time, please fill this out at home and bring it to your appointment.

We want to ensure that our patients have the information, care and support that they need every step of the way. The goal is to return patients to an acceptable quality of life whether that means playing competitive sports or just spending time with loved ones.

We understand that there are many choices in health care today and we thank you for choosing the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center for your orthopaedic and sports medicine needs. I look forward to meeting with you and your family.


Stephen K. Aoki, MD
Professor and Chief of Sports Medicine
Department of Orthopaedics, University of Utah
Pediatric and Adult Sports Medicine
Head Orthopaedic Surgeon, RSL Soccer
Team Physician, University of Utah Football/Gymnastics

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