Hip replacement surgery is a procedure in which the damaged bone and cartilage is removed and replaced by an artificial joint that is made up with prosthetic components (Metal & Plastic). If you are suffering from severe pain and hip stiffness you look for a professional surgeon for your hip replacement surgery.
Choosing the right Hip surgeon for your hip replacement surgery is one of the most important decisions a patient will make. Your surgeon’s experience and professionality can make a huge impact on you for your hip replacement recovery, and the right guidance will help you to fastly recover your hip health.
We recommend all patients to do some digging on prospective surgeons for your hip replacement. Investing your time for getting more information about your recommended surgeon will either offer you peace of mind or encourage you to meet with other surgeons that may be a better fit.
This guide will help you to choose the right surgeon for your joint replacement surgery so that you can go for your hip replacement surgery being comfortable and full of confidence.
1. Surgeon Complication Rate and Case Load
Before moving forward with any doctor, the complication rate of the surgeon is the most important aspect that you should look into. Check all recommended surgeon’s case loads and number of the complicated cases before making any decision. Compare all options with each other. If you see a low number of cases and a high complication rate, this is a red flag.
2. How Much Experience the surgeon has in Surgical Incision?
There are two approaches available for the hip replacement surgery – Posterior and Anterior Approach. Posterior hip replacement is the traditional approach for doctors in which the surgical incision is performed at the front of the hip by typically starting at the top of the pelvic bone (iliac crest) and extends down toward the top of the thigh.
In Anterior hip replacement Incision performed on the side of the hip. Don’t forget to ask your surgeon about the surgical experience and the questions like – how many times you have performed these approaches and what were the success and complication rates.
3. Gather Recommendations
No matter how experienced and professional surgeons you find on the internet, without a personal recommendation reither from your family, friends, or relatives, you can’t jump into any decision. Ask as many people as you can for their opinions.
Ask for recommendations from –
- Your Personal Physician
- Personal Friends
- Family Friends
- Family Doctor
- Social Media Connections
4. Do You Have Any Specific Needs?
When you are going through a number of options for hip replacement surgeon, there is a strong possibility that any two of them are having the same experience or skills, now the final decision is to choose a surgeon who may specialize in something more closely related to your needs.
For example – a surgeon is more skilled and experienced in doing the hip replacement surgery on younger athletes while the other one performed a lot of surgeries in his career on patients having diabetes or other secondary conditions.
5. Look For Hip Replacement Cost
The hip replacement cost can vary as per the conditions and the symptoms of the patient along with the facility that will be provided while surgery.
- The Hip replacement cost depend on –
- Treatment Approach
- Type of the surgery
- Hospital fee
Choose wisely for the hip replacement cost which meets your financial condition too.