How to find Best Knee Replacement Surgeon ?
Fed Up From The Knee Pain? Want The Best Knee Replacement Surgery?
When we grow old and enter in 50s our knees become weak and we start getting intolerable pain which ends up with the surgery. The decision to go through a knee replacement surgery is a major step towards a new active lifestyle. The surgery seems so easy and to promise so much: better mobility, less pain, an approximation, almost, of youth. But you should not make a choice and move forward with surgery until you feel completely comfortable with the surgeon, device, and procedure. Your future health depends on it.
Now the Question is- How to find the Best Surgeon for Knee replacement?
Here’s what you can do?
Ask for references: The best and the easiest way to find out the good surgeons is references. Referrals are the most convenient and trustworthy source to collect fruitful information.
Contact your current Physician: Check out first with your family doctor he\she must have detailed list of orthopedic surgeons who specialize in or are experienced in surgery.
Go for Mouth advertisement: This is one of the common ways to find out the good surgeons in your city. Your friends, relatives, neighbors who have already gone through the surgery will tell you the full history. But you should not trust them blindly because each and every person has his own views about the doctors, they may like the inexperienced surgeons as well.
Visit to Local Multispeciality hospital: Some multispeciality hospitals have experienced and excellent team for orthopedic surgery. Go and consult them, most of the hospitals do not charge consultation fee.
Check out online resources: There are number of online databases which provide a way to identify board-certified knee replacement surgeons to check their credentials. For example Indian Orthopaedic Association , Indian Medical Association
Analyse the surgeon’s credentials: without knowing the history of the surgeon you may be in the high risk so do not neglect this, though it needs some extra efforts to find out the correct credentials.
Check out the surgeon’s background: Spend your valuable time on reviewing the surgeon’s background like his\her education either he\she has a board-certified degree and by which association. Asking about the training and experience is the habit of smart patient so do not hesitate to raise questions like “how many procedures you perform annually?” Studies show that surgeons who conduct 12 or more Knee Replacement per year are more likely to have a record of success.
Another thing which cannot be ignored is that you should discuss your complete medical history with your surgeon prior to surgery. If your case is on high risk example if you have any pre-existing conditions like anemia or diabetes, or if you have had other Trauma that may complicate surgery, inquire about the surgeon’s experience in handling these types of cases.
Check out the surgeon’s implant training and speciality
Specialists in Knee Replacement mainly become expert by performing operations as they expand their knowledge through continued education which includes new technologies, current surgical approaches and new advance devices.
If you think a specific device or surgical approach may be right for you it is very important to determine if your prospective surgeon is trained in that area or is able to implant that device. It is very important to respect your surgeon’s recommendations. They are best equipped to determine which implant is right for you.
Meet the surgeon one on one before the surgery:
Meet the shortlisted surgeon once you make up your mind for the surgery. In this session discuss all the details of your health, fees for the operation, services the knee replacement centre is providing, ask if there are the insurance coverage benefits the centre has because in your age this will probably be the important factor you need to take into consideration. Make the list of questions which you want to ask from the prospective surgeon. For instance:
- How many maximum surgeries you have done till now? And what are the results the patients have got? Are they happy after getting new knee?
- Will the surgery be painful?
- How much time will it take for recovery? Do I need the physical therapy as well?
- what are risks involved in the surgery? Do they have long time impact on health?
- Where and when your surgery will be performed? Do I need to go through the various tests before the operation? If yes, what are those?
- Which computer-assisted technology you use?
There are many questions you can ask from your doctor. Above all you should keep the second option in case of emergency. Dr Sanjay Narad (M.B.B.S., M.S. Orthopaedics (DMC & H, Ldh), Specialist in Joint Replacement Surgery (Liverpool, U.K) Trauma & Spine Surgery (Mainz, Germany). Narad hospital being one of the best knee replacement centre in hoshiarpur suggests that make decision wisely, do proper research, take your time and think twice or thrice before opting for the surgeon because the only person to whom you can trust is you.