Finding A Robbinsville Knee Surgeon You Can Trust

June 28th, 2018

Searching for the Best Surgical Care for Your Knees? We Can Help!

Have you finally had enough of your knee injury symptoms? Are you looking for alternative treatment options, having exhausted all non-surgical methods? It may be time to talk to your doctor about seeing a Robbinsville knee surgeon for your condition. A knee surgeon can evaluate your knees and determine whether or not you are a good fit for surgical treatment.

While some feel undaunted by surgery, others experience anxiety at the very thought of having a procedure done. The knee specialists at Trenton Orthopaedic Group at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute understand how surgery makes some patients tense; that’s why we prioritize comforting our patients through education and honest communication. If surgery is your best option for relieving your knee pain, then your surgeon should tell you everything you need to know: the steps involved in the procedure, tips on what to do the night before surgery, and what to expect during your recovery afterwards.

Choosing your knee surgeon is just as important as deciding if you will have surgery in the first place. Below is a list of common knee surgeries performed by our surgeons:

  • Meniscal tear surgeries. During meniscal tear surgery, the torn meniscus will be either partially removed or repaired. The age, size, and location of the tear, as well as the patient’s age and activity level, contribute to the decision of whether or not a tear can be repaired; repair is always preferred against excising the meniscus altogether.

  • Total knee replacement. This surgery is performed on patients whose knees have been severely damaged by arthritis or a trauma injury. Total knee replacement restores the function of the knee, reduces pain, and allows patients to return to their regular lifestyle activities. The surgeons involved in Rothman Orthopaedic Institute’s Joint Replacement Program collectively perform more than 12,000 surgeries per year, many of those being knee replacements.  

  • Ligament reconstruction surgery. The four knee ligaments that can be repaired through reconstruction surgery are the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL,) posterior cruciate ligament (PCL,) medial collateral ligament (MCL,) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL.) While the majority of MCL injuries heal successfully without surgery, some cases do require a surgical intervention; therefore, a proper evaluation from a knee specialist is highly recommended. Knee ligament reconstruction surgery involves using a graft to replace the damaged ligament, either from the patient’s own body or from a donor.

Which Robbinsville Knee Surgeon Is Right for You?

In order to make a confident decision about who will potentially operate on your knee, start with answering this question: how did the injury or pain begin? Was it a sudden onset, such as a sports injury or trauma? Or was it something gradual, like a long battle with arthritis? The origin of the injury will dictate which specialty - Sports Medicine or Joint Replacement - is able to help you. If you don’t know which is best, feel free to call us and we will be happy to help.

Once you have determined which area of orthopedics your surgeon should specialize in, you can ask yourself: what do you value the most in a medical professional? Below are some other factors you will want to take into consideration.

  • Education. Where did each knee surgeon candidate attend college and medical school? What about their residencies? Do they have additional certification that may contribute to your decision? Researching a surgeon’s medical history assures she or he graduated from a reputable institution and has plenty of academic experience in the field.

    Furthermore, are any of your candidates board certified? Knowing a physician has their board certification gives patients confidence that the doctor passed the necessary medical exams.

  • Experience. What types of procedures do your candidates specialize in? Similarly, are there certain procedures they have less experience with? This is important to note, particularly if you have a procedure in mind you want to ask a surgeon about.

  • Location. Do your surgical candidates practice close to home? Check out where their offices and surgical sites (hospitals)  are and if they work in multiple areas.

  • Personability. Is this surgeon easy to talk to? Do you feel comfortable opening up in his or her presence? Bedside manner may not be at the top of every patient’s list, but if you are jittery about surgery, you’ll want someone who can both explain medical details clearly and empathize sincerely.

  • Connections. Are your surgical candidates team players? Does each one have connections to other medical professionals, such as physical therapist, who you may need to see after your potential surgery? Ask around and find out how each surgeon works with their colleagues.

Our knee specialists at Trenton Orthopaedic Group at Rothman Orthopaedic Institute are the best in the region. We can help you find the best surgeon for your individual needs. To schedule an appointment with a Robbinsville knee surgeon, or for more information about choosing a knee surgeon, please visit us here or contact us at 1-800-321-9999.

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