How to Find a Good Doctor and Surgeon in Westchester

Why having a good Westchester doctor and surgeon is important

It is extremely important to make sure the orthopedic doctor who takes care of you is a good doctor. You are entrusting them to either maintain your health or get you back to good health. This is even more important when it comes to finding a good surgeon. You are entrusting this person to diagnose you correctly and then fix something internally.

Finding a good doctor

As a Westchester orthopedic surgeon, think the most important criteria is to make sure you have a doctor with whom you can have good relationship. It should be someone you trust and you feel comfortable with asking questions. There are too many doctors who don’t make eye contact with their patients or can’t even have a conversation. If this is your doctor, go somewhere else. If your doctor spends more time looking at their computer than you, go somewhere else. Do you need to make an urgent appointment and there is no availability for a few days? Find a new doctor who values your time as much as their own.

Finding a good surgeon

How about a surgeon? How do you find a good one? First, ask your family, friends and co-workers who they have used and if they were happy. The best source is doctors or nurses who work directly with the surgeon if you can get their unbiased input. Does this surgeon work on amateur and professional athletes? If your medical doctor sends you to a surgeon it may be just because he is required to recommend this surgeon as being part of the same practice. Ask your doctor if he has used this surgeon or would trust this surgeon to operate on his family.

How often does the surgeon perform the procedure?

One of the best determinants of a good result for surgery is how many of that procedure does that surgeon do. If he only does that procedure a few times per year, you are better off finding a doctor who does more. Surgeons who do more of the procedure have fewer complications. Also doctors who have to spend a lot of time performing a surgery will require you to have more anesthesia which leads to significantly more problems and complications.

The bottom line to finding a good doctor and good surgeon is to get good references from reliable sources (friends, family, other doctors) and make sure you have a good relationship and have faith in this doctor. You need a surgeon who is good at what he/she does so make sure that surgeon does a lot of that specific surgery.

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.