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Need A Good Orthopedic Surgeon? (U.S. Only)

Discussion in 'Knee Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by MapMaker53, Apr 8, 2012.

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    U.S. News & World Report provides great tool for obtaining a list of the best orthopedic surgeons in any given area of the United States. Best of all, these "Top Doctors" who appear on the list have been nominated by their peers. Based on the top orthopedic surgeons listed for the New York City area, in my opinion the listings appear to be true. (You can also use the tool to find the top doctors in other specialties, also.)

    http://health.usnews.com/top-doctors/directory/best-orthopedic-surgeons

    Just enter your zip code into the search engine on the left and indicate a distance you are willing to travel.

    Oh one more note... This list is a good starting point, but always inquire how many total knee replacements the doctor performs each year. An orthopedic surgeon who does mostly back surgeries is probably not the guy you want to replace your knee.
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    An amazing site - but the detail in the surgeons' bios is somewhat scant. I tried to search 'hip' and 'knee' surgeons and came up with nothing. I even searched 'infant dysplasia' and got the same. The only term I seemed to be able to search was 'orthopedic surgeon'. Did you find different?
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    I agree it would be nice if the search criteria could be more specific or if the results provided more information about each OS, but it is just meant to produce a list of the top doctors in general categories. But once one has a few names in their area, the next step would be to Google the names and find out more about them, such as their specialty as an OS, whether or not they are in their insurance plan, etc. At least it gives a person the names of surgeons that other doctors would use.
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    Interesting. My Doc is not on there, and the other top Docs that are known for knees aren't on there either. And a couple of hospitals affiliated with Drs in my area I wouldn't touch.

    But husband's foot Dr. is on there.

    I went to the #1 rated ENT Dr. in my city, and I'd never go back.

    So yes, do your homework.
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    The site also provides a link that explains how they go about choosing the doctors that make the list. Unfortunatley, even a doctor who is considered to be among the top in his field because of his skills can also be a crass S.O.B. with no bedside manner. Only through an appointment (or talking to someone who has gone to them) will you be able to determine if the match is right for you. I'm sure not every doctor listed is wonderful, but using the list as a starting point I think is probably a better option than using a totally blind pick from a phone book if you are seeking a skilled surgeon. I think that is all it is meant to be. No guarantee one will like every doctor on the list.

    I also want to note that just because an OS doesn't appear on this list, it doesn't mean he isn't a skilled surgeon. It just lists the "cream of he crop" in the eyes of other doctors. It takes even the best of surgeons some time to gain notoriety in their respective fields.
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    You have to google the individual doc to find the specialty. The one I googled was orthopedic oncology. It's only a partial list, dependent largely on internal campaigns to nominate and vote for each other. Three major hospitals in our area are included but two others, leaders in orthopedics, are not represented at all. Anyway, a starting place of sorts, but it's weakness is in what's missing.
    There is some cream there, but there is also run of the mill milk if they are part of an internal campaign to promote their own staff. Take it with a grain of salt and do your research to find the knee and hip specialists. But it's an interesting link, thanks.
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    :loll: :loll: How very, very true!
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    I tried to search my zipcode for"Orthopedic Surgeons' with a radius of 25 miles and nothing comes up ??? Now I know that's not right.
    What's missing here ?
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    It means the surgeons within 25 miles of you are busy doing other things than nominating and voting for each other. It's not comprehensive.
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    Well, It could also mean there just isn't an OS within 25 miles of your location who is considered to be in the top 10 percent of their field. Hey, it's difficult enough to be in the top 10 percent of your own high school, much less the nationwide medical community -- and 25 miles is a pretty small radius considering most top surgeons (I'm guessing) are probably working in hospitals that are located in large metropolitan cities.

    The BoneSmart library reference "How to choose a surgeon and prosthetic" suggests it is best to look for a surgeon who is recognized by their peers, I assume as a starting point -- and that is all I am trying to provide here. It is wise to be skeptical to a point, but to suggest that the list is totally contrived and virtually useless is I think like tossing the baby out with the bath water. (Jeeeeez.... I'm using my mom's sayings now.) There are clearly great surgeons included on this list, any starred one being in the top one percent nationwide. My OS is renowned in his field and is starred on the list -- so from my perspective it seems accurate. No list is perfect, but I'd rather start with a list like this than with nothing at all. If anyone has a better resource to start with, I'm all ears.

    It would probably be helpful if an open post could be started in the BoneSmart Library section that has sub-threads based on state names. Under each state, members could list an OS they have actually used and recommends. Just a suggestion.
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    I checked the entire state of North Carolina. There were only 20 surgeons listed--most in the bigger cities or at teaching hospitals. But my OS, who is not listed, has an excellent reputation and has patients come from Virginia and South Carolina. I picked him based on reports I heard from many of his former patients. As far as I'm concerned, he's a winner and I would recommend him to anyone.
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    Here are two other U.S. resources that provide doctor reviews that are posted by patients themselves. Keep in mind that two people can have vastly different opinions regarding the same doctor if someone happens to be having a particularly bad day. Neither of these websites will help determine a doctor's specialty, but once you have a physician in mind you can check these two sites to see what other patients may think of them. Yes, naturally some reviews could be planted, but no resource is perfect so please take that into consideration.

    http://www.RateMDs.com

    http://www.vitals.com
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    Yes, it could. I'll leave it there.
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