FAQs

General

How do I make an Appointment?

Simply call us at (308) 865-2570 during our working hours .

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?

Our office does not require a referral, but your insurance might.  Check with your insurance company to see if a referral is necessary.

What to bring for your initial consultation?

Here is check list for your initial consultation

  • Insurance or Medicare card
  • List of medications
  • Medical Images (X-Rays, MRI, CT Scan, Bone Scan, etc.)
  • Prior treatment records for the condition, including any surgical reports.
  • Payment for any co-payment that is due by your insurance.
  • Photo ID

We encourage you to come to your initial consultation with a written list of questions to ensure you don’t forget to ask them when you are seeing the doctor.

Are my medical records kept private and confidential?

Your medical file is handled with the utmost respect for your privacy. Our staff is bound by strict confidentiality requirements as a condition of employment regarding your medical records. We will not release the contents of your medical file without your consent. A copy of our Notice of Privacy Practice is available here for your review

How long do I need time off work after the surgery?

The post-operative recovery period varies based on the surgery.  Your work status and when you can return with restrictions versus full duty will be discussed at your pre-operative visit.

How long before I can resume driving?

Your surgeon will provide more specifics for your specific situation.  If you are on pain medications or still feeling the effects of anesthetic or surgery, then you should not drive. 

When can I resume exercise?

Your doctor will instruct you about post-treatment exercises – the type and the duration to be followed.  You may be referred to a physical therapist to help with strengthening and range of motion exercises following surgery. 

How do I contact after hours?

You can call the New West Sports Medicine phone number at (308) 865-2570 .  We have an answering service that will take your phone call and patch your call through to the on-call physician, if needed.

Medical

What are the non-surgical treatment options?

Examples of non-surgical treatment options available include rest, medications, injections, and physical/occupational therapy.  Your physician will discuss the specific treatment options available to you that are best suited for your condition.

Will physical therapy be required after surgery?

Begin with Physical therapy may be required post-operatively and your surgeon will discuss that with you.  Getting full range of motion, strength, and flexibility back after surgery usually takes time. That is where pre-operative exercise, education, and post-operative physical therapy programs come in – to ensure you are physically and emotionally prepared for surgery and to maximize your recovery after surgery.

What are the risks associated with surgery?

As with any surgery, risks include, but are not limited to, reactions to anesthesia, bleeding, infection, stiffness and nerve damage. Your doctor will discuss the risks associated with your specific procedure.

When can I return to daily activities?

This varies depending on the type of procedure undergone, and can range from a few days to a few months. Return to all activities, sports and exercise can take up to four to six months. Your doctor will advise you depending on your health condition.

What can happen if surgery is avoided?

Some complications of not undergoing an orthopaedic surgery for your condition can include pain, loss of joint motion, joint weakness, numbness and an early onset of arthritis. All operative and non-operative treatment options, risks, and benefits will be discussed with you, so that you are able to make an informed decision.

What are the most common injuries?

The most common orthopaedic injuries are sprains and strains, fractures, and dislocations. Injuries can occur anywhere, whether you’re playing sports or working.  Sports injuries can result from accidents, inadequate training, improper use of protective devices, or insufficient stretching or warm-up exercises.