How to choose an orthopedic surgeon

Choosing a surgeon for joint replacement might feel overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be.

Living with chronic joint pain can keep you from enjoying life to the fullest. Many people are afraid to see an orthopedic specialist, because they fear surgery or aren’t sure how to choose an orthopedic doctor. Here are some tips on finding the best orthopedic doctor in your area.

Credentials, certifications and designations

Do your due diligence when choosing a provider.

“Look for board certification and fellowship training,” said Cyna Khalily, M.D., orthopedic surgeon with Norton Orthopedic Institute. “National certifications are also critical. Recognition such as being designated by DNV Healthcare as an Orthopaedic Center of Excellence means the hospital has the highest level of competence for treating orthopedic conditions, including joint replacement.”

Norton Orthopedic Institute

Leading-edge procedures like robotic-assisted knee replacement surgery are a reason more patients in Louisville and Southern Indiana choose Norton Orthopedic Institute than any other provider for joint replacements.

Ask for referrals

Friends, family or your primary care doctor are all places to start asking for names.

“The patient-physician relationship is key,” Dr. Khalily said. “Your outcomes will be much better if we have trust and respect for each other.”

Personal preference

“Obviously, people want physicians who have honed their craft, who have training and offer the latest in treatments and technology,” Dr. Khalily said. “You want someone who continues to learn and grow in their profession.”

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