Nicholas J. Meyer, MD

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FAQs

General

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We most often treat conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder. Common conditions include CTS, fractures, tendon injuries, other nerve compressions, and arthritis. We also treat all shoulder problems and injuries and perform shoulder arthroscopies and shoulder rotator cuff repairs. Our approach is a combination of both conservative and surgical treatments, which varies depending on each individual patient.

The EXCEL Orthopedic Surgery and Recovery program is available to patients who generally healthy but have an orthopedic condition that requires surgery that is not typically done as an outpatient. EOSC or HPSC. Post operatively patients are transported to a designated medical facility a few blocks away, where there is nursing and medical staff available 24 hrs/day and 7 days a week.  Because the patient is never admitted to the hospital there is a substantial cost savings and a lower risk of hospital acquired infections. This option is particularly attractive for patients who are paying their own bills, employers who are self-insured, worker’s compensation and patients travelling to the U.S. for their medical care because the costs are less than half of what they are in the hospital.

Yes, Dr. Meyer performs this procedure.

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 Operation Records, Medical Records, X-rays, MRIs, and CT Scans from Prior Doctor Visits
– A List of Current Medications and Any Known Allergies

It depends, as each patient’s situation is unique. If you have any questions, please contact your doctor’s care team before your appointment, and we will be very happy to address any of your questions.

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.

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.

You can use the General Contact Form on the Contact & Locations page of this website to get in touch with Dr. Meyer regarding second opinions or contact us via phone to set up an appointment or speak with a member of our care team.

You can get cortisone injections every 3 to 4 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 5 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.

Before your Appointment

If you have already had imaging studies done, surgery recommended or have a longstanding problem. To set up a face-to-face appointment call your doctor’s Care Coordinator at 651-351-2639.

If you have records from another physician, provider, or hospital you may bring them with you to your appointment. If you do not have a copy, please contact the physician, provider, or hospital prior to your TCO appointment to let them know we will be requesting them.

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

After your Appointment

If you have questions after your appointment, please feel free to contact us. You can call our clinic directly, or contact us using the General Contact Form on the Contact & Locations page of this website.

The amount of time off of work 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.  The timeframe for recovery and resuming regular exercise 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 as close to 100% as soon as possible. To get an idea of the pain expectations for your individual case, please discuss with Dr. Meyer at your appointment.  Please note that we strive to get our patients off narcotic pain medication as soon as possible. It may 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.  Always call with any pain concerns.

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 on the Contact & Locations page of this website.