Dr. George Nicola, MD

Dr. George Nicola, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
64 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. George Nicola, MD is an orthopedic surgery doctor who practices in Caldwell, ID. He is 64 years old and has been practicing for 38 years. Dr. Nicola is affiliated with Valor Health, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center - Nampa, West Valley Medical Center and St. Luke's Boise Medical Center.

West Idaho Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

206 E Elm St

Caldwell, ID 83605
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Accepted insurance

  • AARP
  • Aetna
  • Altius Health Plans
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross of Idaho
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Deseret Mutual (DMBA)
  • EBMS
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Humana

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Care Philosophy

As an orthopedist specializing in knees for over 20 years, it has been my primary goal to help fulfill patient's desire to return to normal function and mobility. Please visit: www.drgeorgenicola.com for more information.
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Dr. Nicola's Experience

Dr. Nicola's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Non-Surgical Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger


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  • ACL Surgery
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • FAA Flight Physical Class I
  • FAA Flight Physical Class II
  • FAA Flight Physical Class III
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Idaho.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • University Of Southern California
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1975
  • Rush Medical College Of Rush University
    Medical School | Graduated 1979
  • Univ/Ca Irvine Afill Hsp
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1985
  • University Ca Irvine Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1985
  • Va Long Beach Hlthcare Sys
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1985

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Nicola has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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West Valley Medical Center

is a Recipient of a Healthgrades Excellence Award
Joint Replacement Excellence Award

Hospital Quality Award

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Dr. Nicola's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Nicola to family and friends
based on 63 total reviews (21 with comments)
Dr. Nicola's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (21)
in Mccall, ID |
He was able to do a revision of my knee done by dr Poole. He did a great job and for once in 5 years I can walk without pain. Don't go to anyone else with knee problems especially those idiots and st lukes. Him his staff and the other doctors at this office care about the well being of the patients and not top dollar.
in CaldwellCaldwell, ID |
I have had 2 surgeries done by Dr. Nicola and he explains everything in detail what I'm going to experience. He talks to me like an equal not above me.
in Payette, Idaho |
My experience with Dr Nicola was top notch from the time I first met him including my surgery. I highly recommend Dr Nicola
in Boise, ID |
I was referred to Dr. Nicola following a complete tear of my L. Achilles tendon. I was in my early 50's still playing active futbol and I did not want to be rendered unable to play. Dr. Nicloa was positive about his ability to restore my mobility. After surgery I was able to walk in a boot and being very curious I asked him "what kind of stitch did you do to connect these very fibrous 'horse-tail' tears?" Dr. Nicola smiled and drew on a piece of paper the criss-cross stitch. Amazing man!
in Star,Middleton ID |
I highly recommend Dr. Nicola & his team. This is my second knee surgery & I am amazed how they are so hands on & available in every aspect of my post op care.
in Emmett, ID |
I consider Dr. Nicola the best Orthopedist I have been too. I have now had both shoulders down, and both knees. Dr. Nicola did both of my knees. He is extremely concerned about his patients, and he is right there every step. He even gave me his person cell phone. I have issues with the pain blocks, they wear off really fast. I watched him take the nurses aside and explain this to them, he said " keep him out of pain, if you need authorization here is my cell phone, call ME!. It worked.
in Fruitland, ID |
I had a great experience with my knee resurfacing. Dr. Nicola did a wonderful job on my knee. I am 2 weeks out and recovering very quickly. He and his PA 's listened to all of my concerns and gave me the time and answers I needed to feel very safe and confident. I have already scheduled my second knee. I would highly recommend Dr. Nicola and his staff. Thank you, Paula Parker
in Caldwell, ID |
Dr. Nicola is great and he did a perfect job on my right knee replacement & some repair. I was surprised how well the recovery process has gone.....I am 8 wks out and am very, very pleased. I am scheduled the end of Oct. for my left knee replacement! I had struggled with pain in getting around for at least 10 yrs but thought that it was just my osteoarthritis and that I had to learn to deal with it. I just turned 80, but Dr. Nicola assured me that he felt that I was a candidate for surgery.
Boise, ID |
I am very pleased with the results of my knee surgery. Dr. Nicola is a great, too bad I can't say the same for the office staff.
in Caldwell, Idaho |
I don't normally like doctors generally because I don't feel I can relate to them, however George treats me as a person on my level vs. his level. He is sure to make me feel comfortable by teasing me when I am sarcastic which puts me at ease. He is a doctor first but also a friend not just an opinion of "you need to do this" period. He makes the tough decisions easier to accept by being more human than some doctors that I have had to deal with. he is not only a great doctor he is a great person.
in Nampa, Idaho |
I came to Dr. Nicola because of his exceptional reputation as an excellent as well as personable orthopedic surgeon. His knowledge and expertise was evident from the start and the mechanism of his diagnosis, pre, and post-operative care was informative, efficient, and progressive.
in Emmett Idaho |
Dr. Nicola is a very caring physician. I wish every physician cared about there patient and service as Dr. Nicola did for me we all would feel better. He truly cares about how you feel. He makes you comfortable with questions and follows through with his service. If I ever need his services again I will never wait to schedule an appointment. Should have seen him sooner.
Caldwell, ID |
I went to Dr. Nicola on a second opinion about my knee and it was the best decision I have ever made. Dr. Nicola does not push surgery, but he instead will start with the more conservative treatments 1st. Very professional Dr. with great bedside manner.
in Boise, ID |
He was a great surgeon who listened to what I said and help me find a solution which in the end was surgery. He talked to me about what it meant and did a great job. I had no problems and was back to normal in a week or so. I would recommend him to anyone. Going to anyone else in the northwest for your knee would be stupid
in Boise, ID |
Awesome, professional
in Boise, ID |
This doctor experimented on me without my permission or knowledge. Further, after the fact, he kept his mouth shut and did not talk with my therapist about the changes he did and I got wrong after care. Numerous visits to his office and not once did he explain what he did that was different and caused a lot of problems with my recovery and has cost me a lot of time and money. Stay away from him!!!
in Meridian, ID |
Dr. Nicola listened to what my concerns were. He gave me the option of making the decision in every aspect of my care. He wanted me to feel comfortable. He was truthful in everything he told me. Everything was explained in full detail. I am so very happy I had the knee resurfacing and replacement. I would go to no one else.
in Nyssa, OR |
Love, love , love Dr. Nicola and his staff. He is very friendly and concerned about his patients. Great bedside manner! Thanks for the new elbow Doc!
in Fruitland |
He was very knowledgeable and capable to do the surgery. He was very good to talk to and he took the time to make sure that I understood everything.
in Caldwell, ID |
Dr. Nicola is great. He listens to my concerns and takes the time to answer questions and give suggestions. He has done a wonderful job on both my knees. I would definitely recommend him to anyone having knee trouble.
in Caldwell, ID |
First of all he is very friendly, I was nervous going into surgery and he made it easy to go through it. He knows what he is doing and is good at what he does, so if your looking for a good knee or any other that he does then he is the dr for that. I am very pleased with the surgery!!! Thank you Dr Nicola.
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Dr. Nicola accepts 29 insurance carriers
  • AARP
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Altius Health Plans
  • Assurant Health
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Blue Cross of Idaho
    Blue Cross of Idaho PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Deseret Mutual (DMBA)
  • EBMS
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Government Employees Health Association (GEHA)
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medico
  • Moda Health
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • National Elevator
  • ODS Health Plan
  • PacificSource
    Preferred PSN
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Providence Health Plans
  • Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Traditional Participating Plan
  • SelectHealth
  • Tricare
  • Triwest
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Navigate POS
    Options PPO
    United Healthcare
  • Worker's Compensation
    Worker's Compensation WC

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Hospitals where Dr. Nicola has admitting privileges

West Valley Medical Center
1717 Arlington Ave
Caldwell, ID 83605
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St. Luke's Boise Medical Center
190 E Bannock St
Boise, ID 83712
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Saint Alphonsus Medical Center - Nampa
1512 12th Ave Rd
Nampa, ID 83686
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Valor Health
1202 E Locust St
Emmett, ID 83617
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