Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How To Find The Right Orthopedic Surgeon

It can be difficult and frustrating to find the right doctor. It can be even more difficult to find the right orthopedic surgeon.  Here are a few tips to help you find the right surgeon for you.
  1. Talk to your primary care physician. They usually know the best doctors in the area and they have experience with referrals to local orthopedists 
  2. Talk to your friends.  If you have a more common injury such as arthritis or a torn ACL,  surely, you know someone with first hand experience with a local orthopedic doctor.
  3. Check out doctors online. The American Medical Association, Health Grades and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons both have databases that can be accessed online.
  4. Ask tough questions.  Don't be afraid to ask tough questions. Smart questions let the surgeon know that you've done your homework. You'll also learn about the surgeon's qualifications, experience, and demeanor
  5. Consider a second opinion. If you didn't find what you're looking for or if you just want to be sure of what you heard - go talk to someone else and make sure.
  6. Trust your instincts. If you do not feel your visit with the doctor went well - it's okay! It doesn't mean that the doctor is a bad doctor or that you are a bad patient. It just means that you might not work together optimally.
Remember, do your research. Ask questions until you are confident that you are making the right choice. Few things are more important than health so take your time to make the correct healthcare decision.

There is a fine line between blogging and giving medical advice. The content of this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.  Nothing contained in this blog is intended to replace the medical advice of a trained, licensed physician.
In all matters relating to your health, you are urged to consult a physician. You can contact Advanced Bone & Joint to set up a formal consultation appointment with Dr. W. Anthony Frisella, Dr. Dane Glueck, Dr. Brandon Larkin, Dr. Anthony Lombardo, Dr. John McAllister, II, Dr. Brian Meek, Dr. Paul Spezia, Jennifer Eickhoff, FNP-BC, or Matt Pliske, PA-C

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