Knee Surgery is a common procedure and is becoming increasingly so due to the fact that Australians are becoming heavier and living longer – therefore placing their knees under increased, and longer lasting stress.
This does not mean however that knee surgery is something that you undertake lightly and in many cases it’s a huge decision for the patient.
Finding the right knee surgeon is absolutely essential to help make the whole process a little less daunting.
Take some time to really research the best person for you to trust with carrying out your knee surgery considering some of the points below:
Word of Mouth Recommendations
If any of your friends and family have had knee surgery in the past, it may be worth asking them who carried out the operation and whether they would recommend them.
This will offer you the reassurance of entrusting your knee to someone who comes pre approved by someone who you trust. Equally important is if you know of people who have had bad experiences with knee surgeons, as this can give you an idea of certain surgeons best avoided.
Ask for an honest answer
It may seem like something you would expect from a surgeon however you need to make a point of requesting an open and honest answer regarding your knee surgery.
Although the operation does have a good success rate, it is not a foolproof formula and may in fact not be the right option for everyone suffering knee problems.
Any good surgeon will be able to advise you about whether a knee replacement will be beneficial to you or not and whether they truly think it’s worth it.
Pre and Post Surgery Care
The knee is the most complex joint in the whole human body. It therefore isn’t simply a matter of replacing it once it’s faulty and you being allowed to spring back to health. For the optimum chances of a fully successful surgery, you’ll want to find a knee surgeon who gives extensive pre and post surgery care.
This can include strengthening exercises, physical therapy sessions, advice regarding lifestyle and diet. Any surgeon who believes their job is over once they leave the operating theatre is not seeing the full picture and may not be the best option for you.
Although the majority of knee surgeons work with the elder population, there are many who specialize in younger patients.
Research the best surgeon for your needs – these will vary greatly depending on whether you are a thirty year old athlete, a sixty year old office worker or an eighty year old pensioner.
As leading Adelaide orthopaedic surgeon Dr Spriggins once said: “A good surgeon will recognize if they are not experienced in your specific circumstances and will able to refer you to someone more appropriate.”