This article is part of the the Ultimate Guide to Hip Pain Relief.
When you suffer from hip pain the task of finding a hip surgeon may feel daunting. There are many surgeons out there with a variety of specialties and accreditations. Likewise, there are many doctor review websites that feature patient testimonials and reviews.
So, how do you narrow down the list and find the right fit for you?
IBJI recently chatted with Dr. Jeremy Oryhon, board certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in joint preservation, resurfacing and replacement. Dr. Oryhon provides 4 tips to find a hip surgeon. His responses—below—have been edited and condensed for space.
4 Tips to Find a Hip Surgeon
1. Verify Their Credentials
Dr. Oryhon: When selecting a hip surgeon, the first thing you should look at are their credentials. You can typically find their credentials on their online profiles, for example here is my profile. Researching their credentials will tell you what the surgeon is trained in and any additional specialized training they have that could benefit you.
If you are comparing doctors, I recommend to look at the differences in their training as well as the quality of the institutions where they studied. Another thing to look for is memberships in professional associations. If they are members in any professional associations, it shows their commitment to continuing their education and improving their skills by learning the latest procedures and technologies.
2. Check Their Technical Skill
Dr. Oryhon: Another area to check is their technical skills. During your research, try to find more information on the amount of experience the surgeon has with the particular surgery you need. If you are not finding the right information online, you can try to call the office and ask for more information.
Their online profile pages should also state their training and research studies they’ve participated in. Participating in research studies shows they are committed to learning more about the particular procedure. Also, look to see if they’ve written any articles or blogs on the topic, further showing the knowledge and experience they have.
3. Read Patient Reviews
Dr. Oryhon: These days there are many patient reviews out there that can provide you more knowledge from a patient’s perspective. You need to know what to look for when reading reviews. Pay close attention to the reviews that are for the same condition or procedure that you need. Read about the patients’ experience with the doctor, their surgery and their outcome.
During this search, you will also learn about their bedside manner and philosophy of care. Make sure this aligns with what you are looking for. You will want to make sure you are on the same page with your doctor in regards to your treatment plan and goals after surgery.
4. Trust Your Intuition
One last thing that Dr. Oryhon notes is to trust your intuition. “A final and important factor in picking a surgeon is simply your intuition. I believe patients and surgeons alike can sense when their interaction is genuine and a mutual plan of care is arrived at with confidence. That feeling of trust cannot be underestimated.
“Part of why I enjoy working within IBJI is because of the quality of our surgeons and my colleagues. By holding high standards of quality economical care, we have done a lot of the leg work to provide patients excellent care no matter which IBJI surgeon they may pick.”
If you’re looking to find a great hip surgeon for an upcoming procedure, do your research and ask questions. Follow IBJI’s three tips to find a hip surgeon. Invest in the time it takes to research and find out more about the surgeon that will be treating you. Make sure that you are comfortable and that your goals for the surgery outcome align.
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*The blog is for general information and educational purposes only regarding musculoskeletal conditions. The information provided does not constitute the practice of medicine or other healthcare professional services, including the giving of medical advice, and no doctor-patient relationship is formed. Readers with musculoskeletal conditions should seek the advice of their healthcare professionals without delay for any condition they have. The use of the information is at the reader’s own risk. The content is not intended to replace diagnosis, treatment or medical advice from your treating healthcare professional.
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