Your choice of an orthopedic hip specialist is a process that requires some amount homework on your part. Unless you've already had a very successful procedure with a surgeon and are getting the other hip done. Then you are all set. Here are a few tips for those just beginning the journey.

Find Recommendations of Any Local Doctors

One of the simplest things to do is to look at different online reviews and testimonies. See reviews and find information about local physicians who can help you with your issue.  Also, your primary doctor may recommend an expert to whom you can be referred. Perhaps most importantly, talk to family members, friends, and colleagues. Those who have already experienced the journey you are contemplating may just provide the most important and most trusted advice of all. It’s goes without saying, but let’s state it anyway, that you need to be comfortable with your physician. When choosing a physician, remember that you will also be choosing a treatment. You might begin with conservative, non-surgical approaches, or you might find that surgery – anterior or posterior hip surgery – is the best option for you. Here's another homework assignment for you: find out the benefits and risks of each approach and decide which approach makes the most sense for you.

What Experience Do They Have in Performing a Procedure? 

Find out if the doctor has considerable experience in performing the procedure. What is the success rate of the procedure? Have they dealt with any complications as a result of surgery? Do your research on everything to help understand the risks and how they may affect a patient before and after the treatment. 

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions

Write down questions and make sure you ask them. If the question is important enough for you to ask, then it’s important that you get an answer. To get you started: Ask about different treatment options. How long would the recovery process take? How do you prepare for surgery? Ask about physical therapy options. The more questions asked, the better understanding of not only what can happen during the procedure, but the measures to take in the recovery process. And it will help establish rapport with your physician.

Getting Started

Reach out today to get the care you need by requesting a consultation with one of the hip specialists at the Orthopedic & Sports Institute (OSI). You'll find physicians that perform anterior and posterior hip replacement procedures. Robotic surgery is also an option for you. OSI is Northeast Wisconsin's leading provider of Mako Robotic-Arm Assisted Surgery for Hips & Knees. Please call (920) 560-1000 or request an appointment online.

The Orthopedic & Sports Institute 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.

OSI now offers a Walk-In Clinic at its Appleton location for new, acute orthopedic injuries.

OSI is a proud member of NOVO Health.