Do I really need a hip specialist?

Do I really need a hip specialist?

My regular ortho doctor told me I need a hip replacement for arthritis in my hip. I asked him about his experience, and he only does about ten of these operations a year, but he’s more than capable of performing the operation. I didn’t feel too great about his answer, and I’m very unsure of what to do next.

Submitted by Jim S.

Stuart C. Kozinn, MD Responds:

Some people spend more time researching their car mechanic than they do their surgeon. It has been shown that Total Joint centers, and surgeons who do more than 100 hips or knees a year have better results with less complications. I have done a fellowship in joint replacement at Harvard Medical School, and specialize in joint surgery. I do over 600 total joint surgeries a year, and my results are extraordinarily  good. We partner with Scottsdale Health Care, and I am the Medical Director of the SHC Total Joint Center where you recover on a special VIP floor with private rooms. A team approach is used to get you up and moving as fast as possible. Pre-operative teaching in the form of our free Joint Center class helps get you mentally prepared before surgery and leads to a faster recovery as well. Come on in for an appointment, and I’ll be happy to evaluate your hip and go over your options.