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Finding reviews for surgeons in UK'

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Pre-Op Area' started by debsnm, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. debsnm

    debsnm Junior Member
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    Hello! I live in the North of England and am not happy with the surgeon who I have been referred to. Does anyone know if I can 'shop around' for a surgeon (Can I go to another city?) and if there are any websites that give you patient reviews? I have been online for the past two hours searching for information on potential surgeons; NHS, NJR, I can't recall the rest. Suffice to say, I do not think such a list exists, but thought I'd ask you all just in case. Thanks for your time!
     
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    You certainly can shop around for a surgeon @debsnm There aren't many site that give patient views but one excellent source is the National Joint Registry Surgeon and Hospital Profile site. In fact the site has just been updated with more recent data. Look for a surgeon with high numbers of procedure per year - 200+. If you know what hospital you want to go to it's even easier to search.

    There is also a site called Patient Opinion (just use a search engine) that patients can post on. I think it is mainly for reviews of hospitals but there are some clinicians mentioned. Many of the reviews are a duplicate of what you would find on NHS Choices.

    Alternatively if you tell us what area you are in and where you are willing to travel, Josephine knows many surgeons in the UK and I may also be able to help. We are both based in the "North of England" but would need a bit more information to recommend someone.

    BTW, I have "shopped around" for every surgeon I partnered with. You sometimes get pushback from those referring you. But just be firm. It's your right as a patient to chose who you work with.
     
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    Hi @debsnm - you can definitely shop around. I am tagging @Josephine as not only does she live in the North as well, but she is highly experienced in the area of THR and will probably be able to recommend a surgeon. Best of luck and keep in touch.
     
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    Hi Jacey! And thank you so much for you quick and informative message!!! I live in Sheffield and will be getting surgery at The Northern General Hospital...eventually. I have been trying to get my hip replaced for over 8 months now.....it has become more than frustrating!

    The surgeon who I was referred to cancelled my initial appointment THREE times and tried to do it again in December but I eventually saw him after I threw a bit of a fit on the phone with his secretary. At my initial appointment, the surgeon told me that I would get my hip replacement appointment in March. However, today, his secretary called me and told me he was going on holiday on the day he scheduled me and has now referred me to another surgeon, who to be honest, I don't care for.

    So...today, I spent hours looking for new surgeons, info, etc and found another surgeon in Sheffield who was highly recommended in an article I read....but who knows! I could really use some advice, especially if some of you are familiar with surgeons in this area. I would be willing to travel an hour away if necessary. Many,many thanks!!!
     
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    Who is the surgeon you found in the article. It's OK to name on here - we do it all the time.
     
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    His name is Ian Stockley and the surgeon who has given me the run around is called, Mr Hamer. Ring any bells?
     
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    Yes, I saw both on the NJR site. If it were me I would go with Stockley. His numbers are fairly good and his reputation is good as well. If Hamer has given you the run around, shame on him! Although his numbers are OK, he seems to be lacking in patient empathy. Robert Kerry also has good numbers but I don't know him.

    Bottom line it's a gut feeling you get at your consultation. This is a partnership. Both you and the surgeon want the same outcome - success. It's all about who you can work with. Take your list of questions and get all the answers. A good surgeon will answer your questions before you even ask them. If a surgeon refuses to answer your questions or rushes you - I would walk away.

    Hint: if you can afford it try and get an appointment in the surgeon's private clinic. I have done this twice. You will get an appointment within days and then if that surgeon feels right, ask him/her to put you on their NHS list. You will still have to wait for surgery. But at least you get to the list faster.

    Josephine may have more recommendations. Meanwhile I'll give you a link to an article in our Library on Choosing a Surgeon and a Prosthesis.
     
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    Wow - @debsnm this is a great recommendation. If you can travel you will not be disappointed.
     
  9. debsnm

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    Hello,
    I asked my surgeon about doing an anterior hip replacement and he snorted at me saying that the procedure is "experimental" and that no one in Sheffield performs it. As I did not come supplied with NICE Guidelines or evidence myself, I had to except his comment and move on. Since then, I have done some research and it appears to be done quite frequently, at least in America. This leads me to think that my surgeon either doesn't know how to do it, Sheffield doesn't have the specialist table required or it is just not what they do in the UK. Any one have any information on this for me? Many thanks in advance! OH!!!! Just remebered another question...cement vs non-cement...suggestions???

    Debbie
     
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    Hi @debsnm - I have no personal knowledge of this approach. Is there any special reason why you are leaning towards this? I had posterior for both mine and am very happy with the results. I'll tag @Josephine who has a whole heap of experience about THR and may be able to advise on this and your cement v non-cement query.
     
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    @debsnm I moved this post into your previous thread as I don't believe you saw my posts.
    Did you read it and decide to ignore my advice - or what?

    :doh: I don't think there is any way on God's earth that the anterior approach could now be considered experimental! I wonder what ark he emerged from! And I thought you were looking for another surgeon to go to?
    Either is perfectly okay. I'd go with whatever the surgeon of your choice does. It's like different implants, there is so little difference between them, it hardly bears mention!

    Let me know what you think about my previous suggestion re: Mr Nanu
     
  12. debsnm

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    Thank you for your suggestion but I don't want to go to Sunderland. I'm am going with Mr Hamer.
     

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