A parent or guardian must accompany children younger than 18 years at appointments.
How do I make an appointment?
Appointments can be made with any of the Sports Medicine Division faculty during our business hours: Monday through Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Non-emergency patients are seen by appointment only. Our appointment line is 617-355-3501.
Are all appointments in Boston?
Boston Children’s Sports Medicine Division offers appointments in the following locations:
- Boston Children’s Hospital
319 Longwood Avenue, Boston | 617-355-3501
- Boston Children's at Lexington
482 Bedford Street, Lexington, MA 02420 | 781-216-2999
- Boston Children’s at Peabody
10 Centennial Drive, Peabody, MA 01960 | 617-355-3501
- Boston Children's at Waltham
9 Hope Avenue, Waltham, MA 02453 | 617-355-3501
How long will my appointment take?
The nature of your condition or injury will determine the length of your appointment. Patients frequently require X-rays, which can add 10 minutes to your visit; these are done at the 319 Longwood Avenue clinic on the 6th floor.
All the doctors and staff at the Division of Sports Medicine work extremely hard to see each patient at their scheduled time and make their visit as enjoyable as possible, but sometimes emergencies occur that require immediate attention from our staff, which may cause your appointment to be delayed.
What should I bring to the appointment?
Please bring previous X-rays, MRIs, CT scans or any other tests that have been done related to your injury or condition. If you wear a brace or other supportive device please bring it with you for evaluation. Lastly, please remember to bring your insurance cards.
What should I wear to my appointment?
Wear shorts if you are having your knee or hip examined. Females may wish to wear a sports bra, tank top or swimsuit under their clothing if they are having their back or shoulder examined.
Preparation for your surgery
Once surgery has been agreed upon as a course of action, you will be instructed to contact the surgical coordinators, who will work with you to come up with a surgery date that works for you and your doctor. When surgery is scheduled, an appointment in the Pre-operative Clinic (Pre-op) may also be necessary.
The Pre-op Clinic is the first stop for patients scheduled for surgery or other procedures performed under anesthesia. A pre-anesthetic evaluation gives the anesthesiologist an opportunity to review the patient's medical history and create a plan of care for during and after surgery.
During your visit you will receive information about your or your child's surgery, including when to stop eating, what time to arrive at the hospital, what will happen during surgery, how long you or your child will have to stay in the hospital and other instructions. This is the opportunity to ask our preoperative nurse practitioners and doctors any questions about anesthesia or the surgical process.
Pre-op evaluations can include:
- Anesthesia consult
- History and physical
- Orthopedic assessment
- Discussion of medical issues that require special attention, such as asthma, epilepsy or heart problems
- Blood tests if needed (though normally not required)
- Discussion of drug and food allergies
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the evening before surgery. Do not take aspirin for seven days prior to the procedure. If you take aspirin for a heart condition, please check with your primary care physician before discontinuing it.
What to bring
If you will need to use crutches after surgery and you have a pair at home, please bring them with you on the day of surgery. If you have any MRIs, X-rays or other relevant scans, please bring them with you on the day of surgery and give them to the doctor. They will be returned to you after surgery.
Patients younger than 18 years old
If the patient is under 18, a parent or legal guardian with identification must accompany him or her. Proof of identification must be presented at the admitting office.
Going home after day surgery
After an outpatient surgery, patients will not be allowed to leave the hospital by themselves, and must be accompanied by an escort or parent.
Please contact our surgical schedulers with any questions.
Tests and procedures
Do I need a referral to see a doctor in the Division of Sports Medicine?
The following insurance companies require referrals:
- Blue Choice
- BMC Healthnet
- CIGNA HMO
- Commonwealth PPO
- Harvard Pilgrim
- Healthflex Blue
- Health Source
- HMO Blue
- Mass Health
- Neighborhood Health Plan
- Tufts Healthcare
- US Healthcare
How do I get a referral?
Harvard Pilgrim: This insurance company typically provides two or three visit referrals at a time, which are valid for either six months or a year. You must know the number of visits allowed per referral and the duration of the referral.
Health Flex Blue, HMO Blue, Blue Choice: Referrals are given in series of 3 visits, the first of which must take place within 60 days of the initial referral and the two remaining visits within 90 days of the initial service date.
Tufts: Referrals are given in various allotments and are usually valid for one year in duration. You must know the number of visits allowed per referral.
What if I don't have a referral?
Patients seen without a referral are subject to full payment at time of visit. We will reimburse you once we receive payment from your insurance company. Patients will be charged as "self-pay" if referrals are not received or if insurance information is incomplete.
When is payment due?
Co-payments are due at the time of each visit. Please check your insurance card or your plan information for the amount due. Co-payments are payable in cash or check. We also accept MasterCard and Visa.
For questions about referrals or referral authorization codes, please contact Barbara Murphy.