At which Twin Cities Orthopedics clinic locations do you see patients?
Dr. Marek sees patients at the Chaska, Eden Prairie and Waconia locations. Click here for directions.
Where do you perform surgery?
Ridgeview Medical Center-Waconia
Two Twelve Surgery Center-Chaska
Crosstown Surgery Center-Edina
What are the most common procedures you perform?
Routine operations performed include carpal tunnel release (both open and endoscopic), trigger finger releases, basilar thumb arthroplasty, cubital tunnel release, Dupuytren’s Contracture procedures (collagenase injections and open palmar fasciectomy), as well as nerve and tendon repairs. In addition, Dr. Marek treats numerous upper extremity fractures involving the hand, wrist, forearm and elbow.
I’m a new patient, what do I need to bring or do?
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
- List of current medications and any known allergies
Do I need an MRI?
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.
If I have an MRI from a previous doctor, should I bring it to my appointment?
Yes, absolutely. Please bring a CD of the MRI images in addition to the written report if possible. 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.
Should I apply ice or heat to an injury?
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.
What should I do if I am interested in getting a second opinion from Dr. Marek?
How often can I get cortisone injections?
You can get cortisone injections every 3 to 4 months as long as they continue to provide symptomatic relief.
How long will it take for my cortisone injection to begin working and how long will it last?
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.
What are the Two Twelve Surgery Center and Crosstown Surgery Center?
Two Twelve Surgery Center offers same-day, outpatient surgery using advanced technology at Two Twelve Medical Center, in Chaska. Conveniently located in the southwest metro (located at Highways 212 and 41), the 22,000-square-foot surgery center includes four surgery suites and a procedure room. The Surgery Center accommodates nearly all same-day surgery procedures. In addition to coordinated medical care for patients, the Two Twelve Surgery Center offers a variety of amenities for the families of patients, including free parking, free wireless Internet and a Subway café area. To learn more, visit www.twotwelvesurgerycenter.com.
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. To learn more, visit www.CrosstownSurgeryCenter.com.
Before Your Appointment
How do I know if I should set up an appointment?
If you have already had imaging studies done, surgery recommended or have a longstanding problem, call 952-442-2163 to schedule a face-to-face appointment.
What is my appointment going to be like? What should I expect?
When a patient sees me for the first time, I always remind them that “today is not a decision-making day.” The initial visit is about fact-gathering, listening to your story, and learning more about you. I’ll then examine your concerns, review x-rays if you have them, and begin to build a list of options for you. I want you to feel comfortable and relaxed, so I can understand how best to help you.
What should I do with the records I have from another physician, provider, or hospital?
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.
Can I bring someone along with me to my appointment?
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.
After Your Appointment
What can I expect after my appointment?
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.
I am waiting on my MRI scan or other diagnostic test. What is the next step?
If an MRI scan or other diagnostic test was ordered, you will be called with the results or follow-up in the office as instructed once results are available.
Who can I contact with follow-up questions after my appointment?
How long do I need to wait after surgery before I can go back to work?
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.
When can I go back to work and regular exercise?
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.
How much pain can I expect after surgery and for how long?
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. Marek 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.