dr james c wittig, orthopedic oncologist, new york, new jersey

How do I schedule surgery?

Surgeries are scheduled by the office's administrative staff, and you are asked to discuss your scheduling preferences with the Surgery Coordinator. Changes are made to the surgery calendar daily, and the administrative staff will do their best to accommodate your needs accordingly.

Please understand that Dr. Wittig is affiliated with Mt. Sinai Medical Center in NYC as well as Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ. On rare occasions, surgery may be performed at either Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ or St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson, NJ.

Dr. Wittig will attempt to accommodate a patient's request to have surgery performed at any one of these hospitals. Please understand that there are may be instances when he may recommend a specific hospital. Urgent surgery and operating room availability will determine whether or not a preferred hospital can be accommodated.

For example, a patient has a malignant tumor of which Dr. Wittig recommends prompt removal. The patient's hospital preference is Hackensack University Medical Center, but operating room time is booked there for the next several weeks. Dr. Wittig would strongly recommend that the surgery be performed at Mt. Sinai, if available, in order to avoid delaying the surgery longer than necessary.

Finally, on rare occasions, an emergency will arise that necessitates the rescheduling of a patient's Non-Urgent (elective) surgery to a later date in order to accommodate an urgent or emergent surgery. Although this is a very unusual occurrence and Dr. Wittig understands the inconvenience patients may experience when this type of situation arises, he appreciates your understanding. Be advised that if this situation should arise, Dr. Wittig will do whatever is necessary to reschedule your surgery as quickly as possible.

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