Start your search for a top-rated bunion surgeon in your area with referrals to qualified orthopaedic surgeons from your family physician, suggests the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, then evaluate the surgeons based on the frequency with which they perform bunion surgery and how well they follow the accepted markers of surgical excellence, adds Consumer Reports. Interviewing the physicians provides the information needed to evaluate their experience and abilities.
When interviewing prospective surgeons, ask if they are board certified and check their credentials with the American Board of Medical Specialties, states Consumer Reports. Ask about how often the orthopaedist performs bunion surgery, and if you know which procedure you need, ask about the specific type of operation. Compare that number to the volume performed by other orthopaedists in your area. Follow with a request for information on the surgeon's success, failure and complication rates. Better surgeons usually have these numbers available.
Also ask about the hospital in which the surgeon practices, maintains Consumer Reports. Hospital quality is as important as the quality of the physician. Request the hospital's infection rate, and find out how often bunion surgery is performed at the facility. Look for a surgeon who works at a hospital with a low infection rate and a high volume of similar surgeries.