When it comes to finding the right doctor, surgeon, and hip specialist for various needs, Fox Valley residents shouldn’t make the decision based on an impulse. There are many factors to consider and by choosing the right doctor, it can make all the difference between a fast recovery and a successful operation or living in pain and losing motion in various areas of the body. To help you find the best hip specialist, here are a few tips to consider.
Do Ample Research
Finding a specialist for a body replacement or an invasive surgery is not as simple as calling up your next door neighbor or asking your friends and family. However, you still want to do your homework and gather as much customer feedback on potential doctors in the area. Look online and read through customer reviews and experiences. Reach out on social media to find anyone local who may have gone through a similar experience and gather feedback from them. The more you know about a certain medical professional, the more confident you will feel in his work and your decision.
Ask Lots of Questions
When you first meet with the medical professional, have a list of questions you want to ask him or her. Make sure the doctor is willing to address the questions or answer them accordingly. A hip replacement or other large procedure can be scary and you likely have many concerns or fears. You need to make sure the medical professional can help calm many of your concerns and help you know what to expect and how to prepare accordingly.
Talk to Your Insurance Company
Before you choose just any medical professional, you will want to make sure the doctor is covered under your insurance policies. Talk to your insurance provider for a list of possible doctors who accept your insurance. This can save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars.
Don’t Be Afraid to Get a Second Opinion
If you have some concerns or worries about the first doctor you meet with, don’t be afraid to get a second opinion from another medical professional. This can either confirm what the first doctor stated or help you explore other options. You may also find that you like one medical professional’s bedside manner and office much better than another.
Choosing a medical professional should not be a decision you leave to chance. You want to make sure you do ample research before even setting foot in the doctor’s office and you need to find a medical professional who you trust, will answer your questions, and is covered by your current insurance policies.
If you would like to request a consultation with one of the hip replacement specialists at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute (OSI), please call (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online. OSI is Northeast Wisconsin’s exclusive provider of Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery for Hips & Knees.
OSI has convenient locations to serve you. In addition to the flagship facility in Appleton, you will find outreach clinics in New London, Ripon, Shawano, Waupaca, and the newest location serving the Green Bay area, inside the NOVO Health Clinic in De Pere.
The Appleton location also has a walk-in clinic that provides care for new orthopedic injuries.
For post-surgical recovery and rehabilitation, Recovery Inn is located on the OSI Appleton campus. Recovery Inn – the first orthopedics-only recovery facility in the nation attached to a surgery center – feels more like a hotel than a medical facility. At OSI, you can have your surgery and recover without leaving the building. Physical and occupational therapy take place steps from your room, where you will be rehabbing with the nationally recognized therapists from Advanced Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine.
For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact Recovery Inn Executive Director Shaena Van Handel at (920) 560-1066.
OSI is a proud member of NOVO Health.