- You have an inflammatory type of arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis or systemic lupus erythematosis
- Your immune system has been weakened by disease, drugs, or radiation
- You have insulin-dependent (Type I) diabetes
- You had a joint replacement less than two years ago
- You’ve had previous infections in your artificial joint
- You are undernourished or malnourished
- You have hemophilia.
You should get preventive antibiotics for the following dental procedures:
- Dental extractions
- Periodontal (gum disease) procedures
- Dental implant placement and reimplantation of teeth that were knocked out
- Endodontic (root canal) instrumentation or surgery
- Initial placement of orthodontic bands (not brackets)
- Injection of a local anesthetic into the gums near the jaw
- Regular cleaning of teeth or implants where bleeding is anticipated
Because the needle placed into the joint, bursa, tendon sheath or fascia requires exact placement, it is considered by insurance companies to be a surgical procedure. It is much more than a standard injection. Although they consider this a surgical procedure, insurance companies do not require additional pre-authorization for the procedure itself. Some medications, however, may require pre-authorization and our staff will take care of obtaining that prior to the arthrocentesis, as needed..
FAQ – New Patients
However, if our staff is unable to reach you for pre-registration, you will need to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to fill out the required paperwork.
If your insurance company requires an office co-payment, you will be required to make that payment at the time of your visit.
Please refer to our Registration Information booklet for a list of insurance companies we participate with.