Patients are referred to the program by family physicians and other specialists. The referrals are reviewed by the program nurse and triaged to the most appropriate physician. This process can take up to several months, depending on the volume of referrals and delays in receiving adequate information from the referring source.
Once this process has been completed, the average wait time to see one of the osteoporosis physicians is 3-6 months.
At the initial visit, an x-ray series or BMD (bone mineral density) may be done prior to seeing the doctor. The referring physician will send previous x-rays and BMD’s at the time of referral for comparison and assessment at this visit. Your bone health and history will be reviewed and treatment will be recommended by the physician. Your height and weight will be measured and often blood work will be done.
You will be provided with information about osteoporosis and the specific plan that your doctor has chosen for you. Appointments for further tests and referrals may be made for you as well. The need for follow up appointments is determined by your osteoporosis doctor and will be booked for you.