Minimally Invasive Knee Replacement (cont.)
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A person who is contemplating knee replacement surgery should become informed. Ask friends who have had a similar procedure about their experience. This may help in choosing a hospital and a surgeon.
Exploring the World Wide Web may also provide a wealth of information. Keep in mind that the Internet is largely unregulated in terms of quality of information. A wealth of information concerning minimally invasive knee replacement surgery is available on the Internet. Some of this information may amount to self-promotion by surgeons, implant companies, hospitals, and other parties. Intelligent health-care consumers must decide the quality of the information. See the Web Links for some trusted sources of information.
After researching on the Internet, discuss the procedure with a physician and orthopedist. They will know who in the community offers the newer minimally invasive techniques. Every community is also served by teaching hospitals, where surgeons often enjoy exchanging opinions and perspectives. Procedures such as minimally invasive joint replacement surgery are often first developed and tested at academic medical institutions. There are also excellent private practice groups whose surgeons are fully versed in new methods of surgery and testing their effectiveness.
After preparation, an appointment can be scheduled with a doctor. If the doctor has a Web site, review it before the visit. Make a list of questions ahead of time, so that all your questions are addressed. Make sure to be comfortable with the doctor you choose. The doctor should encourage your questions. Because many questions arise after the office visit, the doctor should encourage communication regarding any additional questions or concerns. Keep in mind that privacy may be compromised if you are asking questions via email.
B Sonny Bal, MD
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