In this day and age, it is hard to choose an Orthopaedic surgeon as most orthopaedic surgeons claim to be the best orthopaedic surgeon in their field of expertise.
Is there a Best Hip Surgeon Or Best Knee Surgeon?
No one can claim they are the best, however one of the best recommendations of a surgeon is usually “word of mouth” as this is usually the single most important testament of success. Having said that, orthopaedic surgery is a complex field with a variety of hip and knee conditions which can vary from individual to individual.
How do you choose an Orthopaedic hip surgeon or Orthopaedic knee surgeon locally, nationally or internationally?
Most patients usually get referred via friends, family, colleagues or recommended by a GP. Few patients usually go through the internet for reviews and surgeon qualifications and others come for a second opinion either self-referred or referred by another surgeon.
If you are a patient one should ask oneself these Questions:
Is the Surgeon Fellowship Trained in that particular field of surgery or have they Sub Specialized?
Most surgeons these days tend to specialise and subspecialise in their interested field of orthopaedic surgery – it is important the patient goes to the most relevant surgeon.
How many of those hip or knee procedures have they actually performed?
You can discuss this as a patient with the surgeon and these honestly or look up on the internet or their websites for published papers from their institution
Has the surgeon actually published any of their own papers in the literature?
This usually distinguishes a surgeon from other surgeons – if they have published papers in their field of expertise.
Has the surgeon published any papers on Surgical techniques, Orthopaedic Technology and their Outcomes – including success and any complications
This can be searched via the internet or on the surgeons’ website usually.
Surgeon – Patient Communication and Bed Side manners:
Most patients look for surgeon confidence, bed side manners and general communication skills of the surgeon and the establishment of a rapport. This relationship is important so that details of surgery, risks and benefits and non-surgical options are discussed openly.
Should I seek a second Opinion:
Generally, this is recommended and it is up to the patient to discuss this with their GP or even the surgeon before making a decision whether to proceed with surgery.