How To Choose a Westchester Knee Surgeon

Knee injuries and knee pain are very common reasons why patients seek consultation from a knee surgeon.

In a region like Westchester, NY, unlike many other underserved areas of the country, there are many orthopedic surgeons.

Patients have both the luxury and the challenge of choosing the knee surgeon that is right for them.

Here are my top five tips on what to look for when picking the knee surgeon who is right for you.

1. Fellowship Training

Anyone preforming surgery on your knee today should have had an extra year of specialty training in either sports medicine, or arthroscopy.

After a five year residency, surgeons often opt for an extra year of specialty training.

A sports medicine fellowship is very heavily weighted towards injuries of the knee.

Fellowship training ensures that your knee surgeon is proficient in the most modern techniques and especially arthroscopy.


You should never be afraid to ask a surgeon how many of the specific surgeries he has performed.


2. High volume

You should never be afraid to ask a surgeon how many of the specific surgeries he has performed.

Especially when it comes to knee arthroscopy, and complex surgeries like ACL reconstruction.

In order to be proficient it takes years of training. Make sure your surgeon preforms the surgery you need frequently.

3. Understanding

If you need knee surgery have your surgeon explain in detail what he will be doing in the surgery.

I have white boards in my office and will often draw a diagram of the surgery that needs to be performed.

Patients should be wary of a surgeon who cannot succinctly describe the surgery you need and why you need it.


If you have any reservation about a surgeon who is operating on you, always seek a second opinion.


4. Trust

You and your surgeon are a team.

I always tell my patients that my part, the surgery, is the easy part.

The hard part of surgery is the recovery and rehab post-op.

The rehabilitation and physical therapy is hard work, and falls completely on the patient.

The greatest surgery can be ruined by poor rehabilitation.

You must trust your surgeon to do his job so that you can put all your effort into your rehab and recovery.

5. Like Your Surgeon

This is very simple, but is probably the most important.

You must have a good rapport with him or her. If you have any reservation about a surgeon who is operating on you, always seek a second opinion.

If you have a knee injury and are seeking a surgeon you should make an appointment with one of our fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons in Westchester, NY.

Dr. Michael Gott is a Westchester orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in sports medicine. He has also been an active member of the National Ski Patrol as well as a Member of the Windham Mountain Ski Patrol for 18 years.