How to choose a surgeon

Things to ask your surgeon before your joint replacement

I suggest that you ask your surgeon how long they have been in independent practice (i.e. a Consultant Surgeon)
a figure of more than 10 years would indicate significant experience in this field, providing that their training involved a fellowship in this area and they have maintained sufficient volume of surgery (see below)

You should also ask how many hip or knee replacement they undertake a year.

There is good evidence that surgeons who undertake less than 35 Hip replacement a year have poorer outcomes.

Surprisingly 54% of UK surgeons perform less then 35 Hip replacements per year!

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You should ask if they know their mortality rates at 30 days

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You should ask if they know their Surgical site infection risk

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You should ask if they know their three year revision rates for hip and knee replacements

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You should ask if they have been  Revalidated by the GMC

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You should ask if they hold a substantive NHS consultant post and have been Appraised within the past year

You should ask if they use ODEP rated prosthesis (implants) or if they are involved in a Beyond compliance programme

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You should ask if they regularly audit their length of stay, blood transfusion rates and re-admission within 30 days

I do not doubt that there are many excellent Surgeons who may be unable to answer these questions, but given that informed consent for a Hip or Knee replacement involves intimate knowledge of such data and given that most of it is freely available and with the public domain, I would counsel caution or clarification should your surgeon be unaware of the existence of such data as it applies to them