Joseph P. Nemanich, MD

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FAQs

General

We see patients at our Burnsville location.
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We perform surgery at the following hospitals and surgery centers:
Fairview Ridges Hospital; Burnsville
MN Valley Surgery Center; Burnsville, MN
St. Francis Regional Medical Center; Shakopee, MN
Fairview Southdale Hospital; Edina, MN

Hip and knee replacements
Hip and knee revisions
Sport medicine including ligament and meniscal surgery
Treatment of fractures in both adult and pediatric patients

Ice should be used during the acute phase (first 24 to 48 hours) following an injury, or whenever there is swelling. Ice decreases blood flow to the area, which in turn decreases swelling and inflammation. Heat does the opposite. It increases blood flow to the area and can provide pain relief once the swelling and inflammation has subsided. Heat is good to use prior to doing any exercises or physical therapy as it warms up your muscles.

Injections can be given every 6 months and results are usually seen within 2-4 weeks.
Injections, such as Synvisc, may require prior authorization from your insurance company.

Some patients get immediate relief from a cortisone injection. For others, it may take up to 2 weeks for the injection to take effect. However, most people notice relief within 2 to 3 days. The duration of a cortisone injection can vary greatly. Some will last as long as a year, whereas others may last only a few days. It is also important to know that occasionally pain can get worse following a cortisone injection before it gets better. In the meantime, over the counter pain medications and ice are recommended.

The amount of time will vary depending on each patient, and each specific procedure. Please feel free to discuss this with us at your appointment.

The timeframe for recovery depends on the procedure and the individual, but it is our goal to get you back to your regular lifestyle as fast as possible. You can discuss your likely recovery time at your appointment.

Each individual will experience different pain levels, but it is our goal to have you feeling 100% as soon as possible. To get an idea of the pain expectations for your individual case, please discuss with Dr. Nemanich at your appointment.
Please note that we strive to get our patients off narcotic pain medication as soon as possible. It can be needed shortly after surgery, but we do not advocate long-term use of pain medication. We take pain medication very seriously and make sure it is necessary before signing a prescription for any patient.

Before your Appointment

If you are a new patient, please arrive to your appointment early in order to complete the registration process. In addition, please bring the following:

Driver’s License or State ID
Referral (if required by insurer)
Insurance information
Copies of x-rays, MRIs and CT scans from prior doctor visits
List of current medications and any known allergies

Yes, of course. Feel free to have family members or friends join you in your consultation. Many patients find it is helpful to have support in the room, even just as an extra set of ears to remember the details of the visit.

The initial visit is about fact-gathering, listening to your story, and learning more about you. We will then examine your concerns, review x-rays if you have them, and begin to build a list of options for you. We want you to feel comfortable and relaxed, so we can understand how best to help you. You should plan 30-60 minutes for your initial appointment.

Yes, absolutely. The more information we have regarding your unique situation and past history, the better equipped we are to provide the highest level of care. Bringing any previous x-rays, scans, and/or documentation (if available) is recommended. If you do not have this information, don’t worry; we will still take great care of you.

After your Appointment

If you have questions after your appointment, please feel free to contact us. You can call our clinic directly at 952-808-3066, or by using the General Contact Form.

After your appointment, or after surgery, you can expect prompt and accessible follow-up treatment. Care continues long after surgery and we want to be a part of your complete healing process. If you ever have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.