Tips to Help Make Your Decision Easier
Even if your primary doctor refers you to an orthopedic surgeon, that, of course, doesn’t mean you are required to go to him or her. It can be fairly complicated to choose one on your own, but you need to do some research before making a commitment so you can feel as comfortable as possible. Here are some tips that can help make that decision much easier.
Talk to any friends or family members who may have recently treated by an orthopedic surgeon and see if they would recommend that doctor. Ask them what type of experience they had, and whether or not they would trust him or her to perform another procedure. If someone you trust gives you advice, odds are it will be good advice.
Do Some Homework
You can find a great deal of information about the surgeons you are considering just by performing some basic Internet research. You’ll find plenty of sites that offer Internet reviews, and they can give you a good idea of what kind of treatment you will be able to expect. However, don’t take those reviews at face value – many of them could be exaggerated or fabricated, and posted by people who have their own agendas.
Schedule a Consultation
Once you’ve narrowed down your choices to two or three surgeons, schedule a time to get to know each one of them. This is probably the most important thing you can do to ensure you make the right decision. Prepare a list of questions, and bring it with you if necessary. Also, bring a spouse, friend or family member with you to make sure the right questions are asked.
Finally, once you’ve done your research and finished your consultations, trust your instinct and choose the orthopedic surgeon you feel most comfortable with. You’ll find that a little digging beforehand can provide you with a much more confident feeling going into your procedure. If you have any questions concerning the process or you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard A. Marks, call our Richardson office at 972-301-2866 or contact us online. We’re just a short drive away, whether you live in Richardson, The Colony or anywhere else in the area.