Asking a primary care doctor for a recommendation and checking coverage under an insurance plan are two of the first steps toward choosing the best surgeon for knee replacement surgery, according to Healthline. Family, friends, local surgery centers and websites may provide additional suggestions for the best knee surgeons.
A patient's primary care physician can provide a knee surgery patient with a list of qualified surgeons and may be able to make recommendations. The recommendations should be checked against the patient's health insurance plan to make sure the insurance will pay for the surgeon's work, says Healthline.
Those who have friends or relatives who have had similar surgeries can ask for the names of the doctors who performed their knee surgery, and for feedback on how the friend or family member fared with specific surgeons. Hospitals in the patient's region that are known for excellence may be able to provide a list of qualified knee surgeons, as can the websites of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons or the American Medical Association, claims Healthline.
Once a patient has made a list of recommended surgeons, the next step is to check each surgeon's education and credentials, as well as how many similar knee procedures the surgeon has performed. Patients then can ask to speak one on one with surgeons who appear to be good candidates, in order to get more information about how their cases would be handled, the surgeon's experience with knee surgery, and potential complications from the surgery, states Healthline.