New Patients

Dr. Chakerian sees new patients by referral only.  Referral may come from your primary care doctor or specialist treating you.

Once we receive a referral from your doctor, we will request copies of all of the medical records pertaining to the problem for which you are seeking treatment.  Dr. Chakerian reviews all of this material in order to determine if she can help you.  Until Dr. Chakerian has all of your records, this decision cannot be made.  You may be able to speed up the process by making the request to have your doctor release your records to Dr. Chakerian, and signing a Release of Medical Information consent form.

 

Once you have a new patient appointment confirmed, please use the portal to fill out your medical history before your appointment.  If you do not have access to a computer, please arrive 30 minutes early, so you can fill out the information here in the office.  If you would prefer to fill out a paper questionnaire, it can be found here: Comprehensive Pain Management questionnaire.

 

What to Bring to your Visit

  • Health Insurance Cards
  • Driver’s license
  • A friend or family member to take notes/help with questions (optional)
  • A list of all medications you are taking
  • A list of your questions /concerns
  • Any X-rays, MRIs, CT scans (reports and disc containing images, if possible)
  • Copies of records from doctors related to your condition (unless we received them in advance)
  • Completed Forms (only if not filled out through the portal)

 

Dr. Chakerian has a policy regarding the prescribing of controlled substances, and every patient who receives a prescription for controlled substances needs to read and sign an agreement regarding these medications.  The agreement can be viewed here: Opioid Maintenance Agreement.  Dr. Chakerian believes that opioids should be reserved for those patients for whom other treatments are not possible or are ineffective.  Not all patients are candidates for this type of medication, and not all patients will benefit by this type of medication.  In addition, there are instances where people abuse, divert, or become addicted to certain medications.  In order to protect your health and Dr. Chakerian’s prescribing ability, patients are monitored very closely for possible addiction, abuse, and diversion.  This monitoring may include frequent follow-up office visits, urine drug screens, and the sharing of medical records between your physicians and your pharmacies.  You should not expect to receive a prescription for a controlled substance at your first visit, and Dr. Chakerian may not take over the prescribing of controlled substances from other doctors.  You should be prepared to consider tapering or detoxifying off of these medications as part of your overall treatment plan.  Dr. Chakerian is able to prescribe medications to help treat opioid dependence.

Silicon Valley Pain Center

360 Dardanelli Ln, Ste 2G

Los Gatos, CA 95032

(408) 356-0503

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