The decision to undergo a knee replacement surgery is a giant leap towards a life of independence and that is why it’s important to feel confident in your choice.
Finding the right surgeon can ensure you have a successful surgery and recovery. To choose an orthopedic surgeon for your knee replacement surgery, here is what you can do.
Do your Homework
Review the surgeon’s education and credentials, including education, training and experience. Find out if the surgeon is Board-certified.
It’s alright to ask the surgeons how many procedures they have performed so far or how many they perform annually. The higher the number, the more experience they have.
Orthopedic surgeons not only gain expertise by performing surgeries but also through continued education on new technologies, current surgical approaches and new devices.
You can ask your surgeon which implant or device s/he recommends. Don’t be afraid to ask your surgeon about his/her choice for your knee replacement and discuss any concerns or queries you may have.
Also discuss your medical history with your surgeon during consultation. This will enable your surgeon to do what suits your needs best and handle any potential complications. For example, if you have a pre-existing condition like diabetes, find out about the surgeon’s experience in handling such cases.
Meet and Ask
Once you have shortlisted potential surgeons, schedule a consultation with them. During the consultation –
- discuss your condition, symptoms, history, problems, concerns and fears, if any
- solicit their opinion
- find out about the implant and/or technology they use
- whether the surgery can be made minimally invasive
- the pros and cons of the procedure
- approximate recovery time
- any restrictions that may be placed on you after the surgery
- location, duration and cost of your surgery
- insurance coverage of the costs
- decide if they are the right surgeon for you
It is a good idea to prepare a set of questions, in advance, so that you do not skip any important ones.
To learn more about knee replacement surgeries, call the top surgeon in Gilbert, AZ, call OSPI Arizona at 480-899-4333. OSPI’s Board Certified orthopedic surgeons have extensive experience and expertise in joint replacement surgery, sports medicine and general orthopedics.