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The Best Knee Surgeon in Sydney
How do you Choose?
When you need to choose a knee surgeon in Sydney, the selection of the best knee surgeon for you is important.
There have been many recent advances in the field of knee surgery. Whether you need
- a knee arthroscopy,
- an ACL reconstruction or
- a knee replacement,
there are now many approaches and specialists to choose from.
The process of finding the best knee surgeon for you that is both suitable and located in Sydney can be a daunting process.
How do I find the best knee surgeon in Sydney?
Here is a checklist of things to consider:
- Trusted Medical Referral
- Friends of Family
- Google Search
- Google Reviews
- Clinical Outcomes
- Experience and Training
- Clear Procedure Explanation
- Suitable Technology
- Payment Options
Trusted Medical Referral
An excellent place to start your search would be your trusted General Practitioner or a physiotherapist, they are skilled medical gatekeepers for specialists such as orthopaedic surgeons specialising in the knee.
Your GP is familiar with your medical history, and may also have several patients with firsthand experience with specific surgeons, clinics and hospitals.
Referrers access to regular patient outcomes as well as other peer feedback, enables these medical professionals to an up to date
Friends & Family
For many procedures past patients can be a great source for doctor feedback.
It is also common to talk with other patients who can give you a perspective of not only the surgeon and his or her ability but also the preoperative and postoperative care offered.
All surgeons are required to participate in a regular peer reviewed audit of the clinical results of their surgery such as the rate of infection and other complications.
Detailed data on the long term results of their own knee replacement procedures is also readily available for all Australian surgeons.
Patients should be able to access clear data covering
- Procedural Numbers (by type)
- Post Operative Complications
- Revision Surgery Required
Patients are increasingly interested in this information and your surgeon can make this available to you so that you can make an informed choice.
Dr Google is also a valuable resource. Not only for information about anatomy and procedure details, but also when researching a doctor’s experience and subspecialty focus.
It is important to understand that your surgeon has the focus, experience and current training to resolve your specific problem.
More and more patients are sharing their experiences on platforms such as Google Reviews and Facebook. While not definitive, they can add some perspective on a particular clinic and past patients’ satisfaction.
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surgeon's Experience & Training
Some key points in selecting your knee surgeon can include the following:
- Suitable qualifications and training in specific procedures being considered
- Experience with hundreds or thousands of successful procedures
- Statistics on results of their surgery, preferably independently audited
- Peer recognition or third party accreditation from a “Centre of Excellence”
- Proper resources and support staff for the provision of postsurgical care
- Clear costing and policies for your procedure
- Easy access to your doctor if needed
- Convenient location for consulting and your procedure
- Evidence of active participating in continuing education as a participant and as a teacher.
Clear Procedure Explanation
Having helpful information on the surgeons website is a great sign. Information that includes:
- Initial Consultation
- Diagnostic Process
- Treatments Choices
- Operational Issues
- Care Plans
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Nowadays, many procedures can involve advanced technology with real benefits such as:
- More accuracy
- Less pain
- Improved outcomes
- Faster recovery
Understanding these choices and who offer them can be an important element in your decision process.
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Question involving finance are important to most patients. Having clear information about:
- Cost Structure
- Payment Options
- Payment Schedules
- Financial Assistance
Can help patients to understand how much and when payment is due.
Feel Comfortable with your Surgeon
From a subjective viewpoint, you should feel comfortable with your doctor and feel free to ask any questions about your treatment.
Your doctor should take the time to listen to you and clear any doubts that you might have.
Ideally your hip or knee surgery should be performed at a facility that is a recognized “Centre of Excellence” which would ensure that
- The facility has performed the required number of knee surgeries in the last year with excellent outcomes
- The staff have undergone training specific to knee procedures, and
- There is a patient coordinator who is your first point of contact from start to finish throughout your recovery journey.
If you live in or around Sydney and would like to have your knee questions answered, we recommend you make an appointment by calling ----------
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