So, how do you determine the best orthopedic surgeon for you and your condition? Dr. Woodbury says there are three primary questions to consider:
- Does the surgeon provide the services I need?
- Can I receive the treatment I’m seeking in a timely manner or on my preferred timeline?
- Do the surgeon’s experience, education and bedside manner align with my needs and expectations?
Because most visits with an orthopedic surgeon typically start with a referral from another provider, Dr. Woodbury suggests asking the referring provider for recommendations. From there, you may also want to speak with family and friends to find out about their experiences with surgeons in the area and/or visit websites such as healthgrades.com to read online reviews.