Patient Resources

Your First Visit

When you come for your first visit, please remember to bring the following :

  • Driver’s License or a valid ID
  • Insurance information
  • Referral Letter (if required)
  • Images, X-rays, MRI’s, CT scans, CDs, Reports and any other relevant information
  • List of medications or herbal supplements (if any)

Patient Forms

Email to info@orthonw.com or fax (503) 639-1403 to our office.

Email to medrec@orthonw.com fax (503) 639-1403, mail or hand carry it into our office.

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Post-op Instructions

During your early postoperative period your surgeon will provide you with the appropriate medication and care needed for your recovery. In the early postoperative period following a joint replacement surgery your active involvement is necessary for a quick and successful recovery.

Day of Surgery

You will remain in the recovery room for two hours for monitoring after your surgery and then be transferred to your hospital room.

Incision Care

There will be a sterile dressing over your surgical wound. Your wound dressing will be changed regularly and removed about a week after surgery. Depending on the suture material used, the sutures may either be removed or left in situ to be gradually absorbed. You need to keep your wound clean and dry. You can usually use the shower the day after surgery.

Medications

Your surgeon will prescribe pain medications to ensure your comfort after surgery. To protect the implants from infection, you will be prescribed antibiotics. You may also receive a blood thinner for 2-3 weeks to reduce the risk of clot formation after your surgery.

Physical Therapy

Walking is important to your recovery and you are encouraged to walk the day of your surgery. Your physical therapist will teach you specific exercises to strengthen your new joint and restore its range of motion. You will also be advised on a home exercise program after your discharge from the hospital.

Follow Up

You will be advised to make a follow-up appointment with your surgeon to check on your progress after your discharge. You should see your surgeon at regular intervals for follow-up examinations. If there are any queries or concerns, please consult your surgeon.

Day of Surgery

Day of Surgery

You will remain in the recovery room for two hours for monitoring after your surgery and then be transferred to your hospital room.

Incision Care

Incision Care

There will be a sterile dressing over your surgical wound. Your wound dressing will be changed regularly and removed about a week after surgery. Depending on the suture material used, the sutures may either be removed or left in situ to be gradually absorbed. You need to keep your wound clean and dry. You can usually use the shower the day after surgery.

Medications

Medications

Your surgeon will prescribe pain medications to ensure your comfort after surgery. To protect the implants from infection, you will be prescribed antibiotics. You may also receive a blood thinner for 2-3 weeks to reduce the risk of clot formation after your surgery.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy

Walking is important to your recovery and you are encouraged to walk the day of your surgery. Your physical therapist will teach you specific exercises to strengthen your new joint and restore its range of motion. You will also be advised on a home exercise program after your discharge from the hospital.

Follow Up

Follow Up

You will be advised to make a follow-up appointment with your surgeon to check on your progress after your discharge. You should see your surgeon at regular intervals for follow-up examinations. If there are any queries or concerns, please consult your surgeon.

Post-op Shoulder

For greater success in your post-op shoulder journey, we have created a three stage video series of simple exercises to help you through your recovery. For best results or if you have additional questions, please follow-up with your post-op provider.

Insurance Accepted

We are contracted with many insurance companies. To make certain that we are on your insurance plan, you need to call your insurance for verification. They will ask for the information on your insurance card as well as what physician you plan to see. Please give them our clinic name, Orthopedics Northwest, and the names of our physicians: Dr. Brian Puskas, Dr. Christopher Nanson, Dr. Mark Wagner, and Dr. Scott Grewe.

In addition, our certified physician assistants are: Abigail V. Bala, PA-C, Carmen M. Jones, PA-C, Emily A. Geyen, PA-C, Emily J. Ortiz, PA-C, Kayla R. Moody, PA-C, and Kendra L. Blosser, PA-C.

Insurance companies usually require a written referral from your primary care physician before an orthopedic specialist can see you. Without a referral, your insurance company may not pay for your visit and/or reimburse at a much lower rate. You should contact your insurance carrier to see if our providers are covered under your insurance plan, their contact phone number is usually located on your insurance card.

Once a referral is obtained, or your insurance company has verified that you do not need a referral, you may call us at 503.639.6002 or toll free 1.877.999.6002 to schedule your appointment.

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