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Choosing the Right Doctor
If you have tried medication, physical therapy and other conservative methods of treatment, and you are still experiencing shoulder pain, your doctor may recommend shoulder arthroscopy.
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When to Choose Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
If you have tried medication, physical therapy and other conservative methods of treatment, and you are still experiencing shoulder pain, your doctor may recommend shoulder arthroscopy. When choosing an orthopaedic surgeon, keep the following things in mind:
- Orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors or osteopaths with an MD or DO degree who have completed a residency in orthopaedics.
- They must be certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
- Many orthopaedic surgeons choose to specialize even further by taking a fellowship, which usually lasts six to 12 months.
In addition to the clinical credentials, a good surgeon will display a good bedside manner. That means showing concern for your pain, taking time to hear your concerns, and answering your questions fully.
How to Prepare for Your Visit With a Specialist
Once you have made an appointment with a specialist, there are some things you can do to prepare for your visit. This includes reviewing your medical insurance coverage and putting together a short history of your health for your doctor.
This may be a good time to check with your insurance provider regarding your coverage and potential costs associated with shoulder surgery.
Creating a history of your health
Use the list below to help you create a medical history.
- All the medicines and supplements you take, including their dosage and frequency
- Major illnesses or chronic conditions you have suffered from
- Surgeries you have had and any related complications such as reactions to anesthesia
- Allergies and sensitivities you have to food or medications
- Your family history of diabetes, cancer or heart disease
- Your lifestyle habits including smoking, alcohol intake, exercise and special diet
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if shoulder arthroscopy is right for you.