Orthopedic Knee Surgeon

George A. Nicola, MD

Meridian - Caldwell - Fruitland

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George A. Nicola, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon Training & Experience

Dr. Nicola is Idaho’s premier knee specialist, offering the best surgical and non-surgical treatment for chronic knee pain.

Dr. Nicola specializes in young adult sports injuries, but treats active patients in all age groups. He specializes in an array of techniques from rehab to reconstruction due to sports injuries, joint preservation techniques to maintain activity levels in younger arthritic individuals, to quad sparing knee joint replacements.

His Rapid Recovery program for outpatient total knee resurfacing/replacement and his new minimally invasive Subchondroplasty procedure help separate Dr. Nicola from other knee specialists. He is an expert in computerized navigation for knee surgeries.

  • Years in Practice: Since 1984
  • Hobbies: Classic Cars, Fishing, Sports, Snow Machines, Hiking
  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Sprains and Strains (inc. Muscle Tear)
  • Total Knee Arthroscopy
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Quad Sparing Knee Replacement
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Fracture Repair
  • Joint Drainage
  • Subchondroplasty
  • MAKO Total Knee
  • ACL Surgery
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Idaho Medical Association
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Idaho Orthopedic Association

Experience and Education

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Undergraduate Education

University of Southern California 1971-1975

Bachelor of Science, Biology

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Undergraduate Education

Universidad de Costa Rica Summer of 1974

Topical Forest Ecology

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Medical School

Rush Medical College, Chicago 1975-1979

Medical Doctor Degree

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Internship Hospital

Orthopedic Internship: Rush Presbyterian St. Lukes Medical Center 1979-1980

General Surgery Internship: University of California 1979-1980

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Residency Hospital

Orthopedic Surgery Residency University of California 1979-1980

Chief Resident – University of California 1984

  • West Valley Medical Center
  • Treasure Valley Hospital
  • St. Alphonsus
  • St. Luke's Hospital
Doctor Nicola Has Priveledges At The Following Hospital

West Valley Medical Center


West Valley Medical Center is located in Caldwell, Idaho. Their 200 physicians focus on each patient's needs and comfort. They have physicians providing care in cardiology, emergency care, ENT, general surgery, spine, orthopedics, mental health, radiology, urology and women's health.

Doctor Nicola Has Priveledges At The Following Hospital

Treasure Valley Hospital


Treasure Valley hospital is a physician-owned, non-emergency hospital operated by Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA). Since 1996, they have worked every day to deliver the very best individualized care possible in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. When physicians are directly involved in every aspect of the delivery of healthcare, the patient always benefits.

Individualized patient care is at the center of everything done at Treasure Valley Hospital and is reflected in the hospital’s values.

Doctor Nicola Has Priveledges At The Following Hospital

St. Alphonsus


At St. Alphonsus, they believe the best healthcare is all about the patient. They have over 5,000 medical staff who serve patients all over Oregon and Idaho.

Their four-hospital system is the only Level II Trauma Center in the area they serve, allowing St. Alphonsus to provide excellent care to critically ill and injured patients.

Doctor Nicola Has Priveledges At The Following Hospital

St. Luke's Hospital


St. Luke's is the only not-for-profit health system that is Idaho-based. They are dedicated to serving the people of their community by providing excellent care that leads to great health improvement. They are not only dedicated to treating patients when they are wounded or ill, but doing anything to help patients stay healthy.

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