Questions Addressed In The Patient's Guide To Orthopedic Surgery 

Inside the new 2010 edition of The Patient's Guide To Orthopedic Surgery by Dr. Stuart Gold, MD, you gain direct access to the information needed to best proceed through the surgical process.

Part I Questions - Understanding Your Chance Of Success. Dr. Gold addresses the questions which are typical of patients and caregivers as they learn about orthopedic surgery, their surgical options and the steps required to have the best medical experience and surgical result.

  • Will surgery fix me?
  • What are the honest surgical results and outcomes?
  • Will I be as good as new?
  • What determines the extent of my recovery?
  • What's the success rate?

Part II Questions - Finding The Right Sugeon. During this section of the book, Dr. Gold discusses the key steps and criteria in selecting a surgeon. 

  • Who is the best doctor for you?
  • How can you identify the right doctor?
  • How important is communication between the surgeon and the patient?
  • How should you assess surgical skill?
  • What role does research, invention and education have in developing a great surgeon?

Part III Questions - What's Wrong With Me? To help the patient understand their diagnosis, Dr. Gold answers these common questions.

  • How is a patient diagnosis similar to a puzzle?
  • What role does pain play in the diagnosis?
  • What is referred pain?
  • What is a neurogenic problem?
  • What are the diagnostic considerations for shoulders, necks, elbows, wrists, knees and ankles?
  • What tests may be required to diagnose your ailment?
  • Do you reallly need surgery? If not surgery, then what?

Part IV Questions - Possible Diagnoses and Treatment Regimes. In this section of the book, Dr. Gold addresses common diagnosis, symptoms and treatment options for:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Arm pain
  • Leg paiin
  • Shoulder pain
  • Elbow pain
  • Hand pain
  • Wrist pain
  • Hip pain
  • Knee pain
  • Ankle pain
  • Foot pain

Part V - Questions To Ask Yourself. In Part V, Dr. Gold enages the reader in a meaningful discussion about the steps for engaging and interviewing potential surgeons. Questions discussed in this section include:

  • When should I contact a surgeon?
  • Should I bring someone with me?
  • What else should I bring with me?
  • What are the critical interview questions to ask a potential surgeon?

Part VI - Healthcare & Insurance Companies. Finally, the last section of The Patient's Guide To Orthopedic Surgery includes a thoughtful discussion about medicine and medical providers. Question considered include:

  • How has medicine changed over the years?
  • What role does age have in your medical treatment?
  • How do patients recover from a statistical perspective?
  • What constraints do physicians experience during treatment?
  • What is meant by the term "art of medicine"?
  • What must patients do to get the appropriate care?

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