Once you have spoken with a specialist and decided that orthopedic surgery is the best option for your condition or musculoskeletal condition, choosing a surgeon and a hospital to have the procedure done at, is the next step. This is an extremely important part of the process. Doing some research and finding a specialized surgeon best-suited to your needs will greatly ease your mind. Our guide Choosing the Right Orthopedic Surgeon offers insightful tips and information to keep in mind when deciding a surgeon to preform your orthopedic surgery. Below is a sneak peak of our free downloadable guide:
Scheduling a consultation to meet the surgeon and go over the details of your orthopedic surgery is the best time to get all of your questions answered. Make sure you fully understand and are comfortable with all aspects of your surgery.
- What procedure(s) would you recommend for my problem?
- How often have you preformed these procedures?
- What is the recovery period from this surgery?
- When can I return to work? Driving? Regular activities?
- Are you board certified?
- How can I contact you if I have a problem after surgery?
Having a surgeon you are comfortable with is just as important as their credentials and experience. Listen to your gut and look out for any red flags or indications that you may want to change surgeons. Remember that it’s never too late to do so if you are feeling uncomfortable for any reason. Your surgeon should be open to discussing possible treatments with you and help you feel confident moving forward with your procedure. A few signs it’s time to look into other surgeons include:
- You feel uncomfortable asking questions.
- You don’t understand your surgeon’s explanations.
- Your surgeon refuses to discuss other options with you.
- You feel discouraged from getting a second opinion.
No need to randomly scroll through lists of surgeons on the internet or settle for someone you aren’t completely comfortable with. Continue reading OSC’s guide and learn what criteria to consider when comparing hospitals, surgeon’s credentials and specialties, where to look for recommendations, patient experiences and more.