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Choosing the Right Doctor

DePuy Synthes

Choosing the Right Doctor

The relationship between you and your surgeon is a key factor in success.

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Choosing a Surgeon and Starting Your Doctor-Patient Relationship

Shoulder replacement surgery has helped thousands of people get back to activities they love. But is it right for you? That’s a question that you and your orthopaedic surgeon have to answer together.

The relationship between you and your surgeon is a key factor in success. It is important for you to choose a surgeon who instills confidence in you regarding your treatment plan.

So how do you go about choosing a surgeon and developing a good relationship? The good news is that it’s easier than ever for patients to find skilled surgeons close to home.

Ask your family doctor if he or she can recommend an orthopaedic shoulder specialist, or click to Find A Doctor near you.

How to Prepare for Your Visit With a Specialist

Once you have chosen and 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.

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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As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of shoulder replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. If you have conditions that limit rehabilitation you should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell you if shoulder replacement is right for you.