There are a lot of excellent doctors in the New York area, and some patients even travel long distances for their care. Overall, it’s a great position for patients to be in. After all, we want to live in a society that offers top-of-the-line medical care to those who need it. This ideal situation, however, does come with one major drawback: It makes it difficult to choose a physician. If you are planning on having a hip or knee replacement, selecting the right surgeon is incredibly important. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the process of choosing, keep the following pointers in mind.
Consult with your friends and family
In today’s increasingly digital world, it can be difficult to decide what online ratings are real and which are devised by robots. Ask around to see who those in your innermost circle would recommend as a surgeon. Every person’s experience with a joint replacement surgery will be different, so don’t put too much weight on one opinion alone. Still, those you are closest to who have undergone similar procedures can have some good insight as to what to look for and what to avoid when it comes to finding a surgeon. If you have relatives or friends in the medical profession who can offer advice, that’s even better.
Do some research
Every doctor has to start from somewhere, but that doesn’t mean you should have to be his or her first patient. Ideally, your surgeon will have conducted several successful joint replacements on patients with medical backgrounds that are similar to yours. You can confirm this information by seeking out patient testimonies. You should also ensure credibility by searching for a physician who is board certified and practicing in a facility that you are comfortable with. Finally, be sure to check out white papers to see if your potential surgeon has been conducting any research. Is he or she staying on top of new technologies? Can he or she operate on a wide variety of individuals? Considering these factors can help increase your odds of finding a well-trained specialist.
I can’t stress enough how important it is that you feel personally connected to the person replacing your joint. You don’t have to be best friends and grab dinner after an appointment, but having trust in your doctor is essential to the process. With my patients, I like to know their motivation behind receiving a replacement, whether it’s getting back to work, enjoying hobbies that have had to be abandoned because of pain, or spending more time with beloved grandchildren. Ask questions about the procedure as well as your doctor’s history doing it. Above all, trust your gut. If things don’t feel right, they probably aren’t, and you are certainly allowed to look elsewhere for care.
Picking the right surgeon for a joint replacement can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be a gamble. Doing some research up front can make a big difference in your surgical outcome and recovery. If you have any questions about my background or qualifications, don’t hesitate to reach out.