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; however, your insurance might. We recommend you 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.
  • 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.

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

The post-operative recovery period varies based on the surgery.  Your surgeon will give you specific instructions to follow for a successful recovery.

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.

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.