Who is the best hip replacement surgeon for my father?
Category: Health > Conditions and Diseases
Asked by: diverdon-ga
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25 Dec 2005 08:07 PST
Expires: 24 Jan 2006 08:07 PST
Question ID: 609642
I live near Buffalo NY. My father is 85 years old and in great health except for his right hip. My father?s right hip need?s to be replaced. I need to find the best Doctor to send him to. We have reviewed all of the excellent information on www.hipreplacement.com. This excellent website has a Surgeon-locator feature which produces a list of 44 surgeons within 100 miles of zip code 14141. US news and world report www.usnews.com/usnews/health/best-hospitals/tophosp.htm has a feature where you can sort hospitals by specialty. I clicked on Orthopedics and they generate a wonderful list of the 100 best hospitals in that specialty. The number five hospital is the Cleveland Clinic, Distance: 177.53 miles from my home. The Cleveland Clinic web site lists their orthopedic surgeons and the credentials of each. I need to find the best doctor for my father taking into account all factors. 1) I want to rule out any surgeon under any kind of professional censure. 2) I want to take into account the doctors malpractices history. For example a surgeon with no lawsuits would be preferred to a surgeon with many lawsuits. 3) I want to rule out any surgeon whom does not specialize in hip replacements. (To date my research indicates that most or all who specialize in hips also do knees, I guess this is ok as long as maximum expertise in hips can be proven.) 4) I want a surgeon who does more of these operations than most of his peers and whom can document superior results. Consider that it will be necessary to answer; what is the average number of hip replacement?s preformed by a surgeon with this specialty. 5) The surgeon/hospital we select must have an especially good record with regard to infection. 6) We want an orthopaedic surgeon who is "fellowship" Trained and who has chose to limit His/her practice to those areas in which they are most highly trained. 7) If no local surgeon/hospital can be shown to be as good as the Cleveland Clinic we are willing to go the 177 miles for this procedure. However we still want a way to select among the surgeons who work their. 8) A surgeon who successfully uses minimally invasive techniques whenever possible is to be preferred. 9) The time the surgeon takes too complete the surgery is to be considered. Less time under anesthesia equates to less risk. 10) The researcher whom accepts this question should feel free to add in other qualifiers which I may have over looked but should consider. I am willing to consider the question answered when the researcher provides a link to a pay site which makes the selection process transparent and provides information on all the above factors. If a good answer can be provided without the need for further payment to another source a tip will be offered. Who is the best hip replacement surgeon for my father? Thank you for your consideration of my question.
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Re: Who is the best hip replacement surgeon for my father?
From: clevegal42-ga on 03 Jan 2006 21:41 PST
Being from Cleveland, I know that the Clinic is superior in many fields. If I couldn't find anything closer to my home (now 200 miles from the Clinic) I know I wouldn't mind the trip to go there. Good luck - I know finding a surgeon is difficult.
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