The decision to undergo surgery is never an easy one, and among all of the considerations to take into account, choosing a surgeon is the most important for patients. Education, experience, credentials, peer and patient reviews, reputation and awards are all important factors in the process, but ultimately the most important relationship and metric to consider is whether a surgeon will be the right fit for a patient on an individual level. It is up to each patient to determine what criteria matters the most in their case when choosing a surgeon, and the easiest way to decide is often to answer a set of questions and set up some individual guidelines to follow.
Dr. Steven Meier, an orthopedic surgeon who performs expert sports medicine in Los Angeles at Meier Orthopedic Sports Medicine, works with every patient to tailor an individual diagnostic, treatment, surgical, recovery and rehabilitation plan that is right for each patient, rather than taking a “one size fits all” approach.
How to Choose an Orthopedic Surgeon
There are many ways to find and select an orthopedic surgeon who is right for you. Some of the most efficient ways to select a doctor is through the following methods:
Get a referral – Many patients will get an initial diagnosis from a family doctor or general practitioner. They can usually provide recommendations and information on a surgeon from a place of experience with both the surgeon and the patient, and can be a great bridge to finding the right fit. Friends, family, coaches, teammates or co-workers can also be a great resource for recommendations. If they loved the orthopedic surgeon who repaired a torn meniscus and helped them to complete a 10k or even a marathon after an injury, chances are you will too.
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Go online – The internet is a never ending source of information – use it wisely!
Trust your instincts – If something doesn’t feel right, even if the doctor has an impeccable reputation – use your best judgement to find the surgeon that’s right for you.
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