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Consumer How To Choose Guide 2015

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20 The Daily Citizen ◆ HOW TO CHOOSE GUIDE 2015 H OW TO WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW k j Get a recommendation from your primary physician to see who they prefer for your particular type of surgery. When you first meet an orthopedic specialist, ask about their medical philosophy to see if it matches your expectations. k j You should also see whether the doctor makes you feel comfortable, has a good bedside manner and has excellent knowledge and experience. Find out where your surgeon is allowed to operate since different hospitals have different levels of technology. Choosing a medical professional is important all the time, but it's even more critical when you're facing a major surgi- cal procedure. Finding the right orthopedic surgeon for your situation takes time and persist- ence. Here are some tips on what to look for. Background Don't hesitate to ask about the doctor's background, including where they attend- ed medical school and what residency program they completed. Before you even schedule your first appointment, try to find as much informa- tion as possible about the surgeon. It's a good idea to get a recommendation from your primary physician to see who they prefer for your particular type of surgery. For example, a young person with a sports injury and an elderly person who needs a knee replacement will likely require two very different specialists. Find out what your surgeon specializes in. Many orthopedic specialists will become experts at performing one or two types of procedures. The more experience they have with your particular medical needs, the more likely you'll have a good outcome after the procedure. Philosophy Even though all qualified doctors go through the same training, they don't all share the same philosophy when it comes to medical treatment. Some surgeons prefer to exhaust all other options — such as physical therapy, dietary or lifestyle changes — before they're willing to commit to surgery. Others may think it's wiser to do the sur- gery more quickly before a problem gets worse. When you first meet an orthopedic spe- cialist, ask about their medical philosophy to see if it matches your expectations. You should also see whether the doctor makes you feel comfortable. A good bed- side manner, along with excellent knowl- edge and experience, will go a long way to make you feel more relaxed and confi- dent about your health care decisions. Full spectrum Ultimately, you want to find an ortho- pedic surgeon who does more than just perform a procedure. A good surgeon will help you prepare for and recover from your medical treat- ment, both before and after the procedure, to make sure you get the best outcome. They should answer all your questions patiently and offer suggestions for steps you can take to speed up recovery after the surgery. Recovery from some surgical proce- dures can be helped by weight loss, for example. The doctor should look at your lifestyle to help you become healthier overall, not simply fixing your broken or painful body parts, because that will lead to better long-term recovery. It will also hopefully lessen the need for more proce- dures in the future. Hospital privileges Finally, find out where your surgeon is allowed to operate. Different hospitals have different levels of technology and accommodations for their patients, and you'll want to have the procedure done at a hospital that is both convenient and fully equipped to meet your needs. If you prefer a particular hospital because of its medical reputation or its facilities, such as its comfortable, private recovery rooms, then make sure your sur- geon is approved to operate there. CHOOSE AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON

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