Recognizing your need to see an orthopedic surgeon can be a source of anxiety. In most cases, your doctor will have recommended the consultation, but how do you know which orthopedic surgeon is right for you? Here is some advice that may help:
1. Ask Around
To begin with, your doctor may have a referral list of doctors he can give to you upon request. You can also ask family and friends for their own recommendations. Give due diligence and as you narrow the list, call and make appointments to meet and interview your final selections.
2. Examine Credentials
An important factor to keep in mind when choosing an orthopedic surgeon is board certification. Certifications are valuable to the patient because they testify of a doctor’s training, skills and experience in providing that specific type of medical care.
3. Check for Experience
The more experience a doctor has in a field, the better off you’re likely to be. Don’t be afraid to ask how many patients with your specific condition the orthopedic surgeon has treated. If a specific procedure is being considered, find out how many the doctor has performed. Ask about risks of complications and what complication the surgeon has encountered as well as your personal risk of complications from the procedure.
4. Converse with the Surgeon
When choosing an orthopedic surgeon, pay attention to their communication style and how they convey information. Are your questions answered clearly and in a way you can understand? Do you feel comfortable conversing with them? It’s important to find an orthopedic surgeon who will be able to communicate clearly with you and guide you through all aspects of your decision.
To schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic surgeons, contact our offices in Joplin, MO today.