If you are considering surgery, you should have a good diagnosis or name of your orthopedic condition. Researching your diagnosis can go a long way in helping you understand what needs to happen for your best recovery.
If you are having surgery of any kind, a second opinion is generally a good idea. Most insurances will cover a second opinion and if not – most fees are reasonable. 2nd opinions can often be performed over a video conference or with a medical record review. Both methods require that a specialist views your diagnostic films or imaging.
When considering the time and effort as well as a potentially long recovery, it is often worth it to obtain a second opinion. It is important that your 2nd opinion is done by a qualified physician. “Dr. Google” has not had enough years of experience or hands-on treatment to give proper advice. See a “real” expert for your second opinion.
You should consider, before surgery if every non-surgical option has been explored. Some patients benefit by injections or biologic medicine. If these have not been explored, ask if they would help you.
Patients should also ask: Is the planned surgery the right surgery for your condition? Is the surgery enough, too much? Will the surgery solve your pain and range of motion issues?
How skilled is your surgeon and is there a better, more talented surgeon for your specific orthopedic condition? Does your surgeon have extensive, successful experience?
You can find out a lot about the surgeon you have selected to do your surgery by reading their on-line reviews, talking to former patients, and by talking to the doctor. Primary care physicians often refer to the surgeons they trust in the field of orthopedics, so you might ask their advice. If you don’t feel comfortable and completely certain your surgeon is the right “fit” for your treatment, you should look elsewhere.
When having an orthopedic surgery or procedure there are things you should do before, during and after your surgery:
During the surgical process:
Your orthopedic surgery and complete recovery will be easier and less stressful when you know these important things before having a surgical procedure.