Laura D. Koch, MD

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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 have subsided. Heat is good to use prior to doing any exercises or physical therapy as it warms up your muscles.

You can get cortisone injections every 4 to 6 months as long as they continue to provide symptomatic relief.

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 Crosstown Surgery Center is a 21,000+ square foot facility located at Twin Cities Orthopedics – Edina, offering patients a convenient, complete and coordinated orthopedic care solution at one location. With six surgery suites, a procedure room and several free amenities for families, the Crosstown Surgery Center is a premier orthopedic facility in Minnesota. Click here to learn more.

Opened in 2006, the Minnesota Valley Surgery Center is a 25,000+ square-foot facility located in Burnsville, MN. With 4 operating rooms and 1 procedure room, MN Valley Surgery Center’s mission is to provide specialized surgical procedures in a high-quality, patient-focused environment that is both comforting and accommodating. Click here to learn more.

Before your Appointment

If you are a new patient, please arrive at 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 operation records, medical records, x-rays, MRIs and CT scans from prior doctor visits
  • List of current medications and any known allergies

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 any questions about your visit, please contact Dr. Koch’s care coordinator, Ann, by phone at (952) 808-3000 or by using the General Contact Form. She will be happy to further assist you.

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.

The amount of time will vary depending on each unique patient and each unique procedure. Please feel free to discuss this with us in your appointment, or contact us directly with any questions. You may call our clinic or email us using the General Contact Form.