Where are the practice locations?
High Pointe Surgery Center
Allina/River Falls Hospital
What do I bring to the clinic?
Drivers license or State ID
Copy of recent imaging studies (TCO can also retrieve these electronically) Let our appointment team know of these studies so that they can prepare for the clinic.
How do I make an appointment?
Call our appointment line at 651-439-8807. Dr. Saterbak has clinics in Stillwater, Lake Elmo (High Pointe Clinic) and River Falls. The concierge appointment team does their best to work with you to find a convenient time. If you have a more urgent need to see Dr. Saterbak, the concierge appointment team will work with her clinical assistant to find a more immediate appointment date. Our urgent care at the High Pointe Clinic in Lake Elmo is open 8am-8pm daily. This is also a resource for emergent needs and they will then assist you with your follow up appointment with Dr. Saterbak.
What can I expect after my appointment?
Dr. Saterbak will typically work with you to understand your diagnosis and will give you written information on this, along with a treatment plan. Dr. Saterbak will provide you, if needed, the physical therapy Rx, a written prescription for medications, a workability form (if needed), MRI appointment (if needed) and a clear plan on any immediate follow up appointments. You will receive a card that will list her team contact info. Her clinical assistant is Sarah (651-351-2618). She responds to phone call messages throughout the day until 4pm. She will respond the next morning for any overnight voicemails that are left.
What are the most common procedure performed?
Knee: Knee arthroscopy, meniscus repair, cartilage preservation (microfracture/OATS), ACL reconstruction, MPFL reconstruction (patella instability), partial and total knee replacements, and revision knee replacement.
Shoulder: Shoulder arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair, shoulder instability/labral repair, and shoulder replacement.
How do you deal with pain management?
It is our goal to help our patients better cope with their pain. We always start with simple, non-narcotics such as NSAIDS (ibuprofen, Aleve, Celebrex). Often, even simple low impact exercise, perhaps guided by a physical therapist, can help reduce pain. Sometimes an injection of cortisone can be helpful. Post surgical pain is typically treated with a combination of narcotics (Vicodin or Percocet) and an NSAID. These medications are not intended to completely remove all pain, but to facilitate a healthy progressive recovery. We have protocols that we use, but each patient’s condition is taken into consideration. A written prescription for any narcotic has to be picked up at one of our locations, as it cannot be called in to a pharmacy. Any questions can be answered by Dr. Saterbak's clinical assistant, Sarah at 651-351-2618 during working hours 8am-4pm.
How do you approach Sports Medicine patients?
I work closely with athletes at all levels. I actively help manage their non-operative and operative experience to allow them to get back to sport safely. I am able to coordinate recovery for college students or high school students who go to school out of the region. I communicate with the athletic trainers and physical therapists effectively to allow the athlete to continue focus on their schooling while recovering from an injury. I use functional sports tests 6-12 months after recovery, that are sport specific, that help to guide an athlete focusing on any lingering issues.
How does your Physical Therapy program work?
Patients typically have a choice of who they want to see. I personally know most of the physical therapy groups and can guide my patient/athlete to what would suit them best. I have my physical therapy protocols conveniently located on my microsite at ASaterbak@TCO.mn.org.
What is the EXCEL Program?
EXCEL is an outpatient total joint replacement program. It is available to patients who are generally healthy and is done at an outpatient surgery center. The patient then recovers in a recovery suite located nearby (2 nights for knee replacement). Nursing staff is available there 24/7. Because the patient is never admitted to the hospital, there is a substantial cost saving and a lower risk of hospital-acquired infections. This option is attractive for patients who are paying their own bills, employers who are self-insured, worker's compensation, and patients traveling to the U.S. For their medical care because the costs are less than half of what they are in the hospital. Case managers are set up individually with each patient after their surgery has been scheduled. They provide an excellent resource to guide a patient through this program.
How often can I get injections?
You can get a cortisone injection every 3-4 months, as long as they provide symptomatic relief.
Euflexxa can be done every 6 months.
How long will it take for my cortisone injection to work, and how long will it last?
Some patients get immediate relief form a cortisone injection. For others, it may take up to 2 weeks for the injection to take effect. 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.
How is an MRI scheduled?
When it is decided that an MRI is needed, a pre-authorization from the patients insurance company is needed. The TCO business office does this, and it typically takes 24 hours (sometimes can be expedited faster). Our office then calls you to schedule the MRI at a location and time that works best for you. Sometimes, just prior to the MRI, an injection is needed to better see the injured structures. Dr. Saterbak will help you understand if this is necessary and will coordinate that MRI/injection process with you. You then have another appointment scheduled with Dr. Saterbak to review the MRI results.
Common questions after knee replacement:
Common question after ACL knee surgery:
Common questions after shoulder surgery:
Can I have my surgery as part of the EXCEL program?
The EXCEL Orthopedic Surgery and Recovery program is available to patients who are generally healthy, but have an orthopedic condition that requires surgery that is not typically done as an outpatient. The surgery is done in the Crosstown Surgery Center on the third floor of the Edina Clinic of Twin Cities Orthopedics or at the WestHealth Surgery Center on the second floor of the WestHealth building in Plymouth. Post operatively patients are transported to a specially designed medical apartment a few blocks away, where there are 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 traveling to the U.S. for their medical care because the costs are less than half of what they are in the hospital.