When you suffer from hip pain, the task of finding the best hip replacement surgeon to help you may feel daunting. There are many hip surgeons out there with various specialties and accreditations and several doctor review websites that feature patient testimonials and reviews.
So, how do you narrow down the list and find the right fit for you?
Keep reading to hear from IBJI’s Dr. Jeremy Oryhon, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in joint preservation, resurfacing, and replacement. Dr. Oryhon shares four tips for finding the best hip replacement surgeon to meet your needs. (His responses—below—have been edited and condensed for space.)
1. Verify Their Credentials
Dr. Oryhon: When searching for the best hip replacement surgeon for you, the first thing you should look at is their credentials. You can typically find them on their online profiles (for example, here is my profile).
Researching a hip surgeon’s credentials will tell you what they’re trained in and any additional specialized training they have that could benefit you.
If you are comparing doctors, I recommend looking 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 of any professional associations, it shows their commitment to continuing their education and improving their skills by learning the latest procedures and technologies.
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2. Check Their Technical Skills
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 the research studies they’ve participated in. Participating in research studies shows they are committed to learning more about the particular procedure. Also, see if they’ve written any articles or blogs on the topic, further demonstrating their knowledge and experience.
3. Read Patient Reviews
Dr. Oryhon: These days, there are many patient reviews out there that can provide you with 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 patients’ experiences with the doctor, their surgery, and their outcome.
When researching the best hip replacement surgeons, 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 regarding your treatment plan and goals after surgery.
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4. Trust Your Intuition
Dr. Oryhon: 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 choose.
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Last updated in March 2022.
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