- Nov 19, 2011
- New Zealand
- New Zealand
All those things are important to you, but - IF this new doctor is into sports medicine, he may not be the expert on knee replacement that you need. How many knee replacements does he do in a year?My GP / Pain doctor suggested a different surgeon who looks fantastic and now I'm in a quandary trying to swap from a surgeon who only saw me once in 2017 and even rushed me to schedule surgery but I cancelled on him after being told by another OS surgeon I needed to lose weight first which I have done (55 pounds). So now my doctor and my wife are calling tomorrow to see if I can swap to this new surgeon. He looks like the type of personality I need, is in the hospital my pain doctor likes best, and a friend of mine had surgery with him and did remarkably well.
Sports medicine and joint replacement are two very different specialties.
With your history, you desperately need a surgeon who will "do it once, do it right". You don't want to choose a surgeon because of his attitude about pain relief, only to find that the surgery isn't successful and you have to go through a second surgery.
That's also a reason why having a total knee replacement , not a partial, would be a wise choice for you. PKRs inevitably, sooner or later, have to be revised to a TKR - some even within the first year.
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