How do I Find the Right Surgeon?
If you need a significant procedure, such as knee replacement or a similar joint replacement, you’ll want to find the right surgeon. This is a serious event in your life and you want to put your health in the hands of a highly qualified, skilled surgeon.
But how can you know that a surgeon has the right qualifications and skills?
Experience/Regular Surgical Practice
Does the surgeon have ample experience and does he or she regular practice the specific procedure? If so, this is a good indicator for qualifications and skill.
Doctor & Patient Referrals
Do both doctors and patients recommend this surgeon based on his or her track record? Have you heard good things from friends and family? Universal referrals typically mean that you’ll be in good hands.
Slightly different from referrals, reviews around the web offer good indications to a surgeons skill, personality and professionalism. Typically, people who write reviews on the web usually do so to express some concerns, so a positive review online really means a lot!
Lastly, but possibly most importantly, is the doctor board certified? It can take several years to earn this certification, which really speaks to the qualification’s importance. Check out the ABOS database to find out about your surgeon.