Tips on Finding the Right New Orleans Orthopedic Surgeon for Total Joint Replacement

Orthopedic Surgeon

Finding the right New Orleans orthopedic surgeon for hip or knee joint replacement is similar to finding any other specialist or doctor. You can ask your general physician or talk to people who have had total joint replacement surgery. 

But ironically, the sources that might be in question are third-party rating sites. Some public organizations have tried to respond to consumer requests for information regarding which hospitals and doctors are better than others, but it has become more complicated than anticipated.

This is because people have difficulty understanding the data found on public sites. So what does this mean for you and your joint replacement surgery?

After speaking to friends, family and personal physicians, talk to your insurance company to see which New Orleans orthopedic surgeons are covered under your plan. Then consider the following discoveries from a pair of surveys by the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons.

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Skill: To begin, confirm that the surgeon is board-certified in orthopedics. His office staff should be able to confirm it or qualifications on their website should indicate board certification.  Getting feedback from others who have received a hip or knee replacement from the surgeon can help decide their skill. 

In addition, you might ask the New Orleans orthopedic surgeon how long he/she has been practicing and how many comparable surgeries they’ve performed during the past year.

Personal Communication: Secondary to skill, patients in the survey wanted a surgeon who listened to patients and spends time answering questions.  Previous patients are the best source for this information prior to your visit with the surgeon.

Your first meeting should confirm what you’ve been told. Your relationship with your New Orleans orthopedic surgeon could last years or even decades, so you need to feel emotionally comfortable that the surgeon clearly explains what the plan is and how it is to be executed.

Access: For the majority of patients this aspect boils down to three issues: 

1. How close is the doctor to work and/or home? The closest orthopedic surgeon is not necessarily the best option. But on the other hand, since you will be visiting the surgeon’s office often, you don’t want to spend a day of your time (and a spouse or friend) driving to see the surgeon.

2. How easy is it to get an appointment?  Good surgeons are busy, so you may not be able to see the surgeon immediately. But on the other hand, you can’t be expected to wait months to see the orthopedic specialist.

3. How long do I have to wait for my appointment? Some offices run more smoothly than others.  A short wait is not the only criteria when selecting a good orthopedic surgeon, but it is a sign of patient-centric care.

Our kind and caring staff members are specially trained to make our patients feel comfortable before, during and after their appointment. They go out of their way to make you feel special and work together to coordinate your care to develop a seamless experience.

If you’re in need of an expert New Orleans orthopedic surgeon, residents rely on Dr. Richard Meyer, Jr. and his staff. Contact us today to schedule a consultation so we can keep you healthy and active.