Private Orthopaedic Surgery
10 Questions to Ask Your Surgeon When Going Abroad for a Procedure.
(Summary of Questions from PlacidWay Global Medical Tourism Video)
1. Why do you recommend this procedure over others?
2. How experienced are you with the procedure?
3. Do you have Board Certification?
4. How much improvement can I expect from the procedure?
5. What is the success rate of the procedure?
6. What are the risks involved?
7. What type of anesthesia will be used?
8.. Anything I need to do in preparation for the procedure?
9. Will I need therapy after the procedure?
10. Do I need to arrange for any post-op care at home?
Note: OrthopaedicsCanada.com has no clinical, professional or business relationship with PlacidWay Medical Tourism. The video above appears on this webpage for educational purposes only.
Things to consider before making a decision to pursue private surgery.
#1 Despite abnormal x-rays and MRIs, every year there is growing evidence demonstrating that surgery is not required for many soft tissue injuries. You may not need surgery.
#2 Only after a surgeon examines you face-to-face, can they determine if you would benefit from surgery and that you meet the medical criteria to proceed safely to surgery.
#3 Just because an out-of-province surgeon reviews your medical file in their office in another city, does not mean that you will be offered surgery when you meet them face-to-face.
#4 Even though surgeons are highly trained and skilled, even the smallest surgery can result in complications and leave patients worse than they were before surgery (i.e. infections, permanent stiffness, chronic pain, etc).
#5 Just because you have surgery performed out-of-province, does not eliminate the risk of complications. Complications can occur in any hospital in the world.
#6 You will be asked to sign documents confirming that you were educated by your surgeon of other treatment options, risks of surgery and that you accept the risks of surgery.
#7 Surgery is not the finish line, physiotherapy is. Depending on the surgical procedure, you may be asked to perform rehab exercises daily potentially for months after surgery
#8 If you undergo out-of-province surgery and experience a complication, you can expect that you will be asked to follow up with the surgeon who performed the surgery and possibly travel to see them for a follow-up visit. The surgeon who performed surgery is always the best person to answer your questions and solve any problems you may have.
Terry Kane, Registered Physiotherapist (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Founder / Owner, OrthopaedicsCanada.com Network