Find the Right Doc for Your Injury

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Find the Right Doc for Your Injury


Deciding to undergo elective surgery for an orthopedic injury is a big deal. Knowing when is the right time and what the right procedure is can be challenging. Finding the right doctor and surgical team is even tougher.

The most important factor when selecting a surgeon is that you feel comfortable. Talk to the doctor and make sure you are on the same page about the severity of your injury; the recovery plan post-surgery; and the role he or she will play in your treatment moving forward. Ask the surgeon questions and see if he or she answers them thoroughly. The right doctor should listen and be attentive to your needs.

So where does one find the right doctor? Well a good starting point is your family practice physician. Check with him or her to see if they have recommendations and then follow up and ask why they would recommend that particular surgeon. Talk to friends who have had similar injuries or have experience with orthopedic specialists. And, perhaps most importantly, find out which physicians will be covered by your insurance plan.

It is also a good idea to research your particular injury. Different surgeons may offer different types of treatments or devices. If you believe one particular treatment or device may be better for you, you will want to find a surgeon who offers that.

Once you have a short list of possibilities, research those physicians. See if they are credentialed and if they have any special recognitions or awards. Find out what their volume is - if they do very low numbers of your particular procedure, you may want to find out why.

Find out where each surgeon operates. Some surgeons operate only in a hospital OR while others may prefer to do outpatient procedures at a surgery center. Often, where your surgery is performed will depend on what your insurance will authorize. Ask these questions ahead of time.

Finally, understand that good quality care doesn't have to mean leaving your hometown. There are "centers of excellence" here in our community. The benefits of choosing a doctor close to home are huge. Logistically it will make your life infinitely easier. Long drives and overnight stays are not ideal when you are living with an injury or recovering from surgery. Having your doctor nearby may make you more likely to seek follow up care when necessary. And it will be easier for surgeon to coordinate your post-op care and rehabilitation if he or she is local.

You shouldn't make a choice and move forward with surgery until you feel completely comfortable with the surgeon, device, and procedure. Your future health depends on it.

To learn more about the exceptional orthopedic care offered locally by Dignity Health, attend one of our upcoming free seminars. Register today!

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Surviving Allergy Season

Alergy Tips - April 2016

Thanks to El Nino and a wetter than usual winter, spring time allergies arrived early this year. That has left many of us sniffling, sneezing and feeling generally miserable. There are some steps you can take to reduce your symptoms. Here are some tips to surviving allergy season, courtesy of Pollen.com where you can find the latest pollen counts for our area.

  • Keep your windows closed in your home and car to avoid letting in pollen, especially when the local pollen count is high. Set your air conditioners to re-circulate in your home and vehicle, to avoid drawing in outside pollen-rich air.
  • The pollen counts are the highest between 5am and 10am, so limiting your outside exposure during those times can be extremely helpful for diminishing your allergies.
  • Know your triggers. You may think you know that pollen is causing your suffering, but other substances may be involved as well. More than two-thirds of spring allergy sufferers actually have year-round symptoms.
  • Limit exposure on mornings that are especially warm and dry; these will usually be the high pollen count days. Days that are dry and windy also have high pollen counts. The best time for outdoor activities is immediately following a heavy rainfall.
  • Avoid line drying your clothes and bedding outdoors when your local pollen count is high.
  • Wash your face and hands after you've been outside to remove pollen. Also, change and wash clothes if they've been exposed to pollen.
  • Bathe and shampoo hair daily before going to bed to remove pollen from hair and skin in order to keep it off your bedding. Wash bedding in hot, soapy water once a week.
  • Minimize contact with items that have come in contact with pollen, such as pets and people that have spent a large amount of time outdoors.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen, and in severe allergy cases, wear a facemask when daily pollen counts are extremely high.
  • If you're traveling, check our allergy forecasts for your destination. Also, be sure to check out our helpful traveling tips for allergy sufferers.
  • Visit your allergist or doctor to see if the allergy shot is for you. Be consistent with your allergy medications for best results.
  • Your allergist may also recommend one or more medications to control symptoms. Some of the most widely recommended drugs are available without a prescription (over the counter); others, including some nasal sprays and eye drops, require a prescription.


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