Picking your Orthopedic Surgeon

Picking your Orthopedic  Surgeon

Once you have decided to have knee replacement surgery done, the next most important thing is to pick an orthopedic surgeon. Your choice will determine the success of your surgery.

You have many resources at your disposal. Depending on your insurance, you might be referred to a specific surgeon. However, I highly recommend you research your surgeon and ask around.

Believe it or not, nurses and your general practitioner are good resources. I was lucky my orthopedic surgeon is on a major league baseball team and even goes to spring training. You can bet the team is only going want the best for their million dollar athletes.

You also have many other resources to check on your surgeon. The following websites are available.
Healthgrades https://www.healthgrades.com/find-a-doctor
State credentials fsmb.org
Surgical certification certificationmatters.org
Pro ratings certificationmatters.org
Surgeon ratings https://www.checkbook.org/surgeonratings/default.cfm

So you did your research and made your appointment. Be sure to ask the surgeon their success rate, how they do the procedure, recovery time and list of other patients.

Don't be afraid to get a second or third opinion as knee replacement surgery is major surgery and not to go in cavalier or lightly. Peace of mind and hard work makes your recovery paramount for your success rate.

Many knee replacement candidates are willing to go out of state and network to get the best outcome. Working with your insurance company will make the shock of the cost of knee replacement surgery easier to manage financially.

Knee replacement surgery usually costs over $100,000.00 with the long-term rate of lasting 10-15 years based on patients wear and tear.

Having knee replacement surgery usually means a class put together by the surgeon to go into further detail of your procedure. Be sure to attend as it is a good resource on what to expect and what will happen during your recovery period.

Once a surgery date is scheduled the next step will be prepping your house for a safe and quick recovery.


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