Choosing the Right Orthopedic Surgeon

A successful orthopedic surgery starts with choosing the right orthopedic surgeon.  Orthopedic surgery can eliminate back, knee or hip pain and allow you to live a full and active life.  Knee replacements are among the most common orthopedic surgeries but you still need to start with the right surgeon.  Here are some tips on finding the perfect surgeon for you.

Getting a Referral

When it comes to specialty practices like orthopedics you are going to need a referral from your primary care physician.  You can talk with your doctor about who they recommend or if you already have someone in mind. Your doctor usually works with or has a professional relationship with a local surgeon that they refer patients to.

Start with Their Credentials

You want to find a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon and you should start with talking to your family doctor for a referral.  Board certified means that have had additional training in their specialty and are qualified to perform your operation.  You can also ask them how many of these surgeries that they do every year and if they take on complicated cases.  Here is a look at what it means to work with a Board Certified surgeon.

Have a Consultation

You want to book a consultation with your surgeon.  You want to go over your health issues and get their diagnosis and what you should expect from the surgery.  You should also get a second opinion to see if surgery is your only alternative.  Remember you don’t have to be best friends with your doctor, rather you want a doctor that makes you feel comfortable with their surgical skills.

Post-Surgical Recovery Period

It’s important that you understand what to expect after your surgery.  You need to understand how long you should expect to be laid up, what potential complications can happen.  If you are going to need physiotherapy afterward then you want to know how often you will have to go and for how long.  Bear in mind that surgery may only be the first step on your road to mobility and you may spend months in therapy afterward.

Having surgery is never fun but having a good surgeon in your corner can make all the difference in the world.  You want a surgeon that will take the time to explain to you all of your options.  You want to go into the operating room as a well informed patient, confident that you have made the right decision for your health.