Orthopedic surgeons specialize in treating injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. This system includes your bones, joints, tendons, muscles, ligaments, and nerves. Because this system affects your body’s ability to move around and be physically active, suffering an affliction to this system, whether an injury or an ailment, can be quite exasperating.
It’s your body, your bones, your movement. When your primary care physician suggests that you see an orthopedic surgeon as a retort to your physical grievance, he or she will more than likely refer you to a specific surgeon. However, it’s your body, your bones, your movement being affected, not your physicians. Even if you fully trust that your physician has handpicked the very best orthopedic surgeon to perform your surgery, it’s your body, so do your homework.
Wait, don’t I have to see the surgeon that my doctor referred me to? Many patients are under the false impression that when they are referred to a particular surgeon or specialist, that they “have to” see that particular surgeon or specialist. This is not the case. You have choices and options when it comes to your healthcare and treatment plan. Going a bit further into the subject, when referring you to a surgeon, there are some physicians that will just grab the card of a surgeon that has been saved in a referral file by the physician’s office staff, whom had just received a referral incentive of some cookies and treats from the specialists’ or surgeons’ marketing personal. You have a choice. Thus it is vital that you be informed before deciding whom you will entrust your movements to. Look for the “top doc”. That’s said, this may very well be the surgeon your doctor referred you to, but again, do some of your own homework.
How do I find a top orthopedic surgeons? Ask around. As the saying goes, “word of mouth is the best advertisement”. Talk to your friends and family members. If you do not know anyone whom has visited an orthopedic surgeon to have a procedure done, maybe someone you know, knows someone who has. Start there. You can also look online as the internet offers an abundant amount of resources. Make sure you review creditable websites, verify the surgeon’s credentials, their area of specialty, education, and their hospital association.
I found a top orthopedic surgeon on paper, now what? Schedule an appointment to meet with the surgeon to discuss your concerns and what treatment methods may be available to you. This appointment should be more of a “meet and greet”. Make sure you feel comfortable with the surgeon, the surrounding’s, the staff, but also, you need to feel comfortable with where the surgery will be performed. Will it be at a hospital, or perhaps performed at a surgery center? Make sure you know the facts. A top notch surgeon will have no qualms in answering your questions.
Remember, when it’s comes to you or your loved ones, only the best will suffice.