How to Choose a Knee Surgeon in Westchester

Choosing which surgeon to perform your knee surgery is a very important decision. I believe it is important for a surgeon to be not only well-trained and experienced but I also prefer board certified surgeons.

Board certification is only earned if the doctor has completed an accredited orthopedic residency and passed a 2-part written and verbal examination.

Surgeon experience

One of the most important criteria for picking a good knee surgeon is experience. How many knee surgeries does he/she do each year?

Numerous research studies have shown that doctors who do more surgeries have better results than doctors who only do few of that surgery.

Also, one of the biggest risks from any surgery is anesthesia and doctors who take a longer time to perform surgery have higher rate of anesthesia complications.

If you can find out from other doctors or nurses who work with this doctor or in the same hospital they can give you this insight.

Your primary care doctor may be a good person to ask what knee surgeon they recommend but many primary docs are forced to recommend doctors that are within their group practice.

Surgery facility

In choosing a knee surgeon it also important to make sure they go to a good quality facility. Make sure the hospital or surgery center that you go to is current.

If it is old and run-down, I would not go there.

There are several websites out that rate hospitals and surgeons and these results should be taken with a grain of salt, but they do provide some useful information.

Surgeon trust

The most important factor is choosing a Westchester Knee Surgeon is make sure you like and trust your surgeon.

If you feel the surgeon is pushing you into surgery absolutely get a second opinion.

There are too many surgeons out there with big egos and who are more concerned with themselves rather than you the patient.

My motto has always been “Patients Come First” and if your surgeon does not think that way, go somewhere else.

Dr. Rick Weinstein, MD, MBA is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He is the Director of Orthopedic Surgery at Westchester Health Associates and has subspecialty training in knee and shoulder surgery, including minimally invasive surgery and arthroscopy. Dr. Weinstein is a Board Examiner for the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons, determining certification for other orthopedic surgeons.