on a surgeon for your ACL surgery is
not as simple as it seems. Between insurance requirements, and other
factors, sometimes your choices are limited. However, you should be
confident in your surgeons ability, as well as the final outcome of
your ACL reconstruction.
What should you consider when you choose your surgeon?
ACL surgery requires technical skill on
the part of the surgeon. Philosophies on graft choice and surgical
technique are important considerations when choosing your
physician. Their philosophies on rehabilitation and
return to play timelines should all be considered as well.
A knee specialist can be a good choice. The available surgeons may not actually call themselves knee specialists, but most physicians tend to lean towards one or two body parts as their specialty.
While an orthopedic surgeon may perform surgeries on many different joints, most will develop a passion or love for one joint. That is where their practice tends to focus. Because they focus on one specific area, they have a lot of experience with certain surgeries.
If at all possible, you should choose a surgeon who specializes, or performs lots of knee surgeries, specifically ACL reconstructions.
Ask around and see who other health care
professionals recommend for your ACL surgery. Your AT or PT will know
which surgeons are the best for different procedures.
Talk to your physician about how many ACL surgeries they have done. What are their philosophies regarding rehabilitation after surgery? Do they utilize an accelerated protocol, or are they more conservative? What is the usual time frame for a full recovery? All of these questions are valid and important. Physicians will vary greatly in how they want their patient's rehabilitation conducted after surgery.
Does your physician deal with athletes? Do they regularly treat active individuals? This can play a large role in how quickly you progress after surgery.
You should be comfortable with your
physician and confident in their ability to give you the best care
possible. If you are concerned about your surgery, talk with them about
your questions. If they cannot provide you with the reassurance you
need, then do not hesitate to seek a second opinion.
Feeling secure in your choice of physicians is important, and will help alleviate some of your concerns about the surgery, so you can focus on your recovery.
Choosing a surgeon isn't difficult if you do a little bit of research, and ask them the right questions. A second opinion is a good idea if you are not comfortable with your physicians philosophies, or if they cannot answer your questions adequately. Afterall, it is your knee.Didn't find what you were looking for? Search SII for more information...