Frequently Asked Questions/Insurance Information

Nothing takes the place of meeting with your physician, but many patients have similar questions about their procedures.

Who will be performing the surgery?

Your surgeon will perform the procedure with a physician’s assistant or orthopaedic resident and a specialized operating room team.

What Insurances Do You Accept?

Three Rivers Orthopedic Associates participates in many insurance plans. We accept the following plans, but encourage you to contact your insurance provider to review your benefits.


    • Aetna
    • Cigna Health Care
    • Health America/Health Assurance
    • Highmark (with exceptions)
    • United Healthcare
    • UPMC Health Plan


      • Aetna
      • Gateway Health Plan
      • Health America/Health Assurance
      • Highmark (with exceptions)
      • Medicare CMS
      • UPMC Health Plan

      If you have any questions about insurance, please contact the UPMC Physician Services Division Central Billing Office at 1-800-854-1745.

How long will surgery take?

Your surgeon will give you an estimate of the duration of your procedure. Most operations can be done in one to three hours, but some take more time. You will go to the recovery room after your surgery, where you will spend between two and three hours before going to the orthopaedic unit. If you had a MIS total hip or MIS total knee done, you will go to the pre-op area for your first physical therapy session after you have recovered from anesthesia. You will then be transported to the orthopaedic unit.

Is it normal to have drainage after my surgery?

Some drainage is normal after surgery. Foot surgery tends to have more drainage.  Please call the office if you are experiencing excessive bleeding.

When should I remove my dressing?

Do not remove the entire dressing unless otherwise instructed by your physician or nurse.  You may re-wrap or change your outer ace wrap only if it is loose or to replace a soiled wrap if you are having any increase in drainage.

How much pain is to be expected after my surgical procedure?

Pain is to be expected and is normal after surgery.  Pain varies with each patient.  Using ice, elevation and pain medication as prescribed will help ease the pain you may be experiencing.  If your pain is not being controlled by these measures, please call the office. 

Will I need an assistive device, such as a walker, crutches or cane? 

The operation you had will determine if an assistive device is necessary. 

What physical activities will I be able to participate in after surgery?

Your surgeon will discuss activities with you that are compatible with the type of surgery you had and let you know when you can safely resume those activities. In general, low impact physical activities are acceptable. These activities include swimming, golfing, dancing, hiking, bowling and gardening. Patients who have had joint replacements should avoid most high-impact activities like tennis, running, basketball and skiing. Please be sure to check with your orthopaedic surgeon before starting any physical activities or exercise programs.

How long will my new hip or new knee last?

It is impossible to predict how long a joint replacement will last for any patient. However, recent studies suggest that patients who have had modern total joint replacements have remained satisfied for many years. 

When will I be able to go back to work?

This will be discussed during your initial follow-up visit with your surgeon, which usually is between two and three weeks after your surgery.

What should I do about forms that need to be completed for my employer?

All forms need to go through the office to be completed.