Patient Resource Center
Sarasota Orthopedic Associates is committed to making your patient experience seamless from the minute you make your appointment to completion of care.
What to Expect
What to Expect at your First Appointment
Sarasota Orthopedic Associates combines compassion with expertise and skill to restore function and mobility to the patient’s injured body part. To begin, our surgeons will determine how serious your injury is and suggest what course of treatment will be most effective including reducing the likelihood of additional injury.
An orthopedic visit does not always mean surgery. In fact, our physicians use their knowledge to establish how surgery can be avoided. While non-surgical treatment certainly isn't feasible for every patient, our specialists' will explore and present all possible options.
At Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, we accept a wide range of insurance plans, some of which are listed below. We recommend that you check with your physician’s office and insurance provider to make sure your health plan provides coverage for your care.
If you do not see your insurance on our list of accepted providers, then please ask us to assist you. Our insurance specialists will help you navigate your policy as it relates to your prescribed orthopedic care.
Sarasota Orthopedic Associates now accepts CareCredit. Please visit our Resource Page to access the CareCredit link.
|Aetna- Aetna HMO||InterPlan- SMH PHO and PPO|
|AARP- Secure Horizons||Mailhandlers|
|Accountable Health Plans||Manatee Choice Health Plans|
|American Medical Securities||Medicare|
|Amerigroup||Medicare Complete-United Healthcare Medicare Complete|
|BlueCross/BlueShield||Med-Care Advantage (Senior Care Plus)|
|Beech Street||Mutual of Omaha|
|CarePlus Medicare Advantage Plan||Partner Care|
|Children’s Medical Service||Preferred Care|
|Celtic (PHCS)||PHCS – purchased by Multi-Plan|
|Choice (Work Comp) / Genex||ProAmerica|
|Corvel||Senior Care Plus SMH PHO|
|Evercare||Senior Care Plus- thru Mutual Protective/Medco-2ndary Ins|
|First Health CCN||SouthCare PPO|
|Florida Health Network||TriCare|
|Freedom Health||United Payers/United Providers/Multiplan|
|Genex||United Health Care M*plus|
|GHI Medical (Secondary)||United Healthcare PPO|
|Golden Rule||United Healthcare, FL Healthy Kid|
|Gulf Coast Provider Network/Healthcare Sarasota||USA Care- Medicare Advantage Plan|
|Healthease||Web-Tpa Basic- Always needs referral|
|Heritage Summitt-Work Comp||Web-Tpa Extended|
|Humana Choice PPO and Human Gold Choice||Web-Tpa Charter|
Achilles Tendon Repair
Hip Replacement: Right & Left
Total Ankle Replacement with the S.T.A.R. Ankle
Rhonda Griffiths - Patient Testimonial
Erich L. Stitt
Erich L. Stitt - Patient Testimonial
Genevieve Butler - Patient Testimonial
Eight years ago, I was diagnosed with severe arthritis in both hips and was told that I would eventually need 2 total hip replacements. At that time, I more or less shrugged this off and thought tomorrow would be a better day. That tomorrow NEVER came. In fact, every day got worse. After all those years of excruciating agony, 6 epidurals, 2 cortisone shots and every NSAID you can name, I finally decided to have the surgery because NOTHING gave me any relief. To say I was apprehensive is putting it midly. I was terrified not knowing how things would turn out, but at that point, I had little choice.
I have had 2 total hip replacements by Dr. Furman from Sarasota Orthopedic Associates. My first surgery was on August 8, 2011. I was walking the next day and out of the hospital in 3 more. This surgery was a complete and total success, and within weeks, I was pain free on the left side. With this behind me, I chose to have the right hip done on January 23, 2012 and had the exact same results.
I am now totally pain free on both sides and have regained my active life style once again. In fact, I was back on a cruise ship 9 weeks after each surgery. I don't know how I could ever thank Dr. Furman for the wonderful job he did and returning me to the freedom of having a pain free life. I shall be enternally grateful to him. My association with Dr. Furman and Sarasota Orthopedic Associates has been extremely beneficial and rewarding, and I can highly recommend him as an excellent orthopedic surgeon. HE IS MY HERO!!
I broke my ankle 3 times while playing college sports. Over the years the ankle deteriorated making it very painful to walk. After much research both on the internet and consulting orthopedic surgeons, I found Dr. Cottom who performed ankle replacement surgery. His pre and post surgery care have been superb. I especially like the conservative approach taken for the healing process before beginning rehab. I would rate my care by Dr. Cottom and his staff as excellent.
Rev. Neal S. Busker
After 10 years of painful suffering from dysfunctional arthritic pain in the left ankle, I began a search for a medical professional who was on the cutting edge of orthopedic medicine hoping to find someone with good news and a promise of relief.
Following visits to several podiatrists, who could not fix the problem, I found my way to Sarasota Orthopedic Associates and Dr. James Cottom.
Dr. Cottom was straight forward and thorough in his exam. After a number of testing procedures, Dr. Cottom determined that there was significant help available and I was a good candidate for a complete ankle replacement.
Dr. Cottom, a highly gifted and skilled surgeon, performed complete ankle replacement surgery on me the 15th of February 2011. Fourteen weeks following surgery my recovery had progressed to where I had no pain, was walking normally and now I'm looking forward to many years of enjoyable mobility.
My extravagant thanks to Dr. James Cottom for suing his superior Gifts to help people in need.
Rev. Neal S. Busker
To all of the wonderful people at SOA:
I would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses, x-ray technicians and office staff for all of the kindness and real compassion that you have shown me.
When a "life changing" accident sent me to Sarasota Memorial's ER with a badly shattered ankle, I was glad that my physician had earlier referred me to SOA. When the doctor from SOA arrived at the ER I knew I was in good hands. After performing a complex ankle surgery the SOA physician was there for me through every step of my recovery.
In addition to my Foot and Ankle Surgeon at SOA, I also received care by the Pain Management Specialist who joined in to help with my rehabilitation. His inspirational stories and encouragement to "work harder" have been the reason I joined a gym, after finishing physical therapy, and I am now living a normal life.
Recently, at a doctor's visit, someone referred to my SOA physician/surgeon as a "miracle worker". I agree and am happy that as I age (and my joints age) I will know tht the great people at SOA are here to help!
In 2005 I had a right fusion at a hospital in the Tampa area, unfortunately it resulted in a staff infection. As a result I was admitted to a Nursing Home for 7 weks.
In 2006 I saw a Foot and Ankle Specialist at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates. It was suggested that I get foot and ankle fusion on the right foot. There was some apprehension of a positive result because of the previous infection. I had the suggested surgery in 2007 and the fusion was a success! My right foot was saved thans to Sarasota Orthopedic Associates.
Due to Rheumatoid Arthritis I also nedded a left foot fusion. I had two foot fusion surgeries and the results were unsuccessful due to bone quality. In 2011, I once again had the same surgeon, at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, conduct the 3rd surgery on my right foot. He implanted an Arizona Pin and used a bone graft used for spine fusions, "Angel Dust" and the results were successful!
My fusion surgeries on both feet were a solid success thanks to my Doctor/Surgeon at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates.
I always feel like I am the only patient in the practice! No matter what I need, the physician's assistant is always polite and accomodating to my requests. I feel like there is nothing the doctors and staff would not do to help in the care and recovery of the patients. I cannot say enough good things about Sarasota Orthopedic Associates!
I've had rheumatoid arthritis since I was 32 years old (30 somewhat years). As the years progressed, my left ankle started to go bad and I was experiencing a lot of pain in the bones. My rheumatologist had started giving me cortisone injections, which worked for awhile, but eventually the pain became very severe and it started shooting up my leg to a point where I couldn't walk. It was suggested that I get a CT Scan and see an orthopedist and that's how I came to Sarasota Orthopedic Associates.
One month after my cat-scan I had surgery, a total ankle replacement. The surgery was a success and I have Sarasota Orthopedic Associates to thank. In addition to the great care by the surgeon, the staff was very friendly, nice and helpful. Every time I called, my call was always answered in a timely manner. I was very pleased.
I am a 77 year old woman and have been a patient at Sarasota Orthopedic Associates for ten years. I have been treated over the years for shoulder and knee pain. Among other things, I have had surgery on my foot and thumb and have also had nerve conduction testing. At all times, I have been treated with the utmost respect and given straight answers to my concerns. The professional atmosphere at this office carries down from the doctors to the nurses, the techs and staff at the front desk. I am always treated with friendliness, respect and professional attention to my problems. At my age, I have lots of friends who need orthopedic care and I recommend this office to all my friends without question.
New Patient Pre- Registration
To schedule an appointment with Sarasota Orthopedic Associates, please call 941-951-2663. Our staff will assist in finding the earliest possible appointment as well as the specialist that is best suited to help you according to your needs. We are dedicated to providing each patient with the highest level of specialized care. Therefore, it is important to us to make sure our patients are treated as quickly as possibly - appointments can usually be obtained within 24-48 hours.
After you have scheduled your office visit with us, we ask that you please print and complete the following forms and bring them to your appointment. These forms will help you in expediting the check-in process for your appointment.
- Demographic Sheet
- Past Family History and Social History
- Financial Responsibility Agreement
- Coordination of Benefit Form
- Acknowledgement of Receipt of Notice of Privacy Practices Notice of Privacy Practices
What to Bring
To make your visit as beneficial as possible, we request you bring all the following to your appointment:
- Pre-Registration Paperwork
- Photo Identification / Drivers License
- Insurance card(s)
- Referral from your primary care physician, if applicable
- Medical Records, including all x-rays, MRIs or other imaging films (with accompanying report)
- List of current medications
- Questions to ask the physician