Medically reviewed by Eric Heimberger, MD McLeod Orthopaedics Seacoast
Patient Safety is important to all the medical professionals involved in your knee or hip replacement.
“The procedures to replace worn or broken joints are highly successful operations that can renew your quality of life,” says McLeod Orthopedic Specialist Eric Heimberger, MD. “When it comes to safety – before, during and after the procedure – your surgical team makes your safety our top priority, however, you are the most important person to ensuring a safe outcome.”
Here are the keys to YOUR ROLE in safety.
CHOOSING A SPECIALIST
A number of third-party sites allow patients to rate their surgeons. Some sites also list the training, background and experience of the surgeon. Two of the most commonly visited sites are www.HealthGrades.com and www.Vitals.com.
Ask people you know who have had a knee or hip joint replacement about their experience and what specialist they would recommend.
You want a surgeon who has performed at least 100 of these specific type of procedures you are contemplating. Ideally, a good surgeon will do at least 100 knee or hip replacements a year.
When you chose a specialist, you are also choosing a hospital, where the surgeon will perform the total joint replacement.
SEEING YOUR SPECIALIST
When you see your Orthopedic Specialist,
AT THE HOSPITAL
ONCE YOU GO HOME
Find an Orthopedic Specialist near you.
Sources include: McLeod Health, National Institutes of Health, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Open Journal of Orthopedics, American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons