About Us

Frequently Asked Questions

What orthopedic services does the Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics provide?

The Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics is a comprehensive orthopedic center that provides the full range of musculoskeletal services with state-of-the-art technology.

What orthopedists practice at the Banner CORE Center?

We have 13 participating physicians under Banner CORE Center.

  • Damon Adamany, MD
  • Ali Araghi, DO
  • Arash Araghi, DO
  • Martin Benoit, MD
  • John Brown, MD
  • Mark Campbell, MD
  • Robert Cercek, MD
  • David Jacofsky, MD
  • James Kort, MD.
  • Jason Scalise, MD
  • Scott Siverhus, MD
  • Audrey Tsao, MD
  • Bryan Wall, MD

 What insurance do you support?

Currently, Banner CORE physicians are providers on the following insurance plans, however contracted insurances can vary per physician.

  • Accountable/Interplan Aetna
  • AHCCCS (AP/IPA, Evercare Select, Mercy Care)
  • AZ Medical Network
  • Banner Medisun
  • BCBS of Arizona
  • Beechstreet
  • BEHP (Banner Employee Health Plan)
  • Care 1st
  • CCN/First Health
  • Champ VA
  • Cigna
  • Concentra Manage Care
  • Fortified Provider Network
  • Galaxy Health Network
  • Great West
  • Health Choice Arizona/ Health Choice Generations
  • Health Payors Organization
  • Health Net
  • Humana / Choice Care Network
  • Maricopa Health
  • Medicare & Railroad Medicare
  • Mercy Care Plans (Mercy Healthcare Group)
  • Multiplan/PHCS (Private Health Care Systems Inc)
  • Secure Horizons/Pacificare
  • Tricare
  • United Health Care
  • University Physician Health Group (UPH)
  • Workman's compensation

Do I need a referral?


Depending on your insurance carrier, you may require a referral from your primary care provider. Please check with your primary care physician to determine if you’re insurance requires a referral.



Can I choose my physician?

If you have a physician preference we will try to accommodate your request. Please note that your physician may not be contracted with your insurance or may not be a sub-specialist in the area in which you are seeking treatment.


What do I need to bring with me to my first office visit?


To better ensure a successful visit, please bring your insurance card(s), identification, co-pay and all pertinent medical records and diagnostics (i.e. x-rays, MRIs, CTs, lab work) to your appointment.



What is the Independence Expedition?

The Independence Expedition is a program that assists in coordinating your pre-admission testing and hospital paperwork, as well as providing education to orient you to the hospital, your upcoming surgery and the recovery process.  During the Independence Expedition, you will meet with hospital staff, including nurses and physical therapy, which will provide you with comprehensive information about your recovery and establish guidelines and expectations.  In addition, you will have an opportunity to ensure any and all of your questions are answered regarding your care.


Is the Independence Expedition class required? Why?


Yes, the Independence Expedition is required as it will ensure that you have all pertinent information and that all requirements have been completed.  It will include pre-admission testing, as well as education providing you with world-class outcomes after your surgery. For patients traveling from out of the country or out of state, a virtual class will be provided in the near future.



What can I expect when I have a hip/knee replacement?

The Independence Expedition program will provide you an overview of what to expect with your surgery.  Most patients are in the hospital for two days, followed by one month of physical therapy.  Each patient’s care is individualized and your recovery is customized and planned in coordination with your Surgeon and physical therapist.


Is surgery always necessary?


The Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics physicians will pursue non-operative treatments before discussing surgical intervention with our patients whenever medically appropriate.  Surgical intervention is dependent on the severity of your condition and symptoms, as well as consideration and discussion to conform that non-operative treatment options have been exhausted. A consultation with your Banner CORE Center physician will assist you in determining if surgical intervention is necessary for you.



Do you ever refer patients for rehabilitation exercises in place of surgery?

Yes, physical therapy and non-operative treatments are available and utilized at the discretion of your physician.  A consultation with your Banner CORE Center physician will assist you in determining if surgical intervention is appropriate for you.


Is there a lot of pain with hip/knee replacement?


You will experience some pain and discomfort following your surgical procedure. Your healthcare team will keep you as comfortable as possible with the appropriate medications. Most patients’ pain is well controlled with oral medications.



How long will I be in the hospital?

Most joint replacement patients will be hospitalized for two days following their surgical procedure.


Will there be a long recovery period? 


The recovery for most patients is very quick.  Factors which may contribute to a variation in outcomes include age, health of the patient, weight, motivation,  pain tolerance, and activity level.  Most patients will be in a physical therapy program for one month after their surgery and discontinue their walker or cane within one to two weeks.



How long will I need outpatient rehab?

Your therapist, in conjunction with your physician, will determine the duration of your therapy dependent on your progress.  On average this occurs for one month.


Will I need outpatient rehab?


 Generally yes, but the details of your outpatient therapy may be customized by your physician depending on your progress during your hospitalization.








I live alone. Will this affect my length of stay in the hospital? Will I need to go to a nursing home?

We make every attempt to allow patients return home within two days of the surgical procedure. This may vary depending on your progress and support system for safe discharge to home.  Our care team will make certain that you are discharged safely.