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Offline soonpower

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how young should a doctor be for surgery?
« on: July 30, 2011, 06:11:01 AM »
I keep reading that the more experienced the surgeon , the better. Would a doctor in his early 40's be consider fairly young and inexperienced?

Of course, it's not always fair to the doctor. if they are consider inexperienced, they need to start somewhere to get more experience.

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Re: how young should a doctor be for surgery?
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2011, 08:50:59 AM »
In the UK, a doctor in his early 40s would have been qualified and seeing patients for 15-20 years - seems a fair amount of experience.  Most orthopaedic surgeons here would have reached Consultant stage by then and done hundreds of surgeries.  I would say it is far more important to choose a doctor with whom you feel comfortable and is experienced in treating your specific issues, conducting your specific surgery, undertaken training, research, published articles etc than focus on their age! 

Of course, in some healthcare systems you don't have that level of choice, but you can always seek a second opinion or ask for patient testimonials.

I am a pharmaceutical market researcher and once interviewed an HIV specialist who was perhaps in her early/mid 30s, but she was utterly superb and considered the best of the best by her peers  ;)  Medicine is a little different to surgery in that you would like a surgeon to have a certain number of procedures under his belts and that should be the focus in my opinion, not age
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Re: how young should a doctor be for surgery?
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2011, 12:12:27 PM »
Hi There,

Vicky is right that you should not be put off having surgery done by a younger OS and early 40s is not that young nowadays for an OS to perform surgery. A new OS with no or little experience doing knee surgery's will be under the watchful eye of an older and more experienced OS who will guide him through the procedure and make sure he is doing everything right.

It can sometimes be an advantage to have a younger OS doing the surgery as he/she will have been highly trained with the latest surgical procedures. Registrar's work under an experienced OS and had a Registrar do my scope under the watchful eye of one of the best knee surgeons in the City I live in, so felt in safe hands still before going under GA.

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Re: how young should a doctor be for surgery?
« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2011, 05:04:25 PM »
Couple thoughts from my experience/research as I consider surgery and WHO I want to perform it. My current OS is in his early, early 40ís.

1.   Itís not so much about age, but the experience an OS has performing the SPECIFIC procedure being recommended. Donít be afraid to ask your doctor directly his experience with his suggested solution.
2.   Find some feedback from previous/current patients.
3.   Regardless of age, Iíd want someone that is current with new procedures/methods/research and always looking to improve how they treat patients.

Moral of the story, I think a lot should go into your decision outside of just age.

My current situation led my OS to refer me elsewhere due to his level of experience. Without my asking he offered up a surgical solution (MPFL Recon), said he would/could do it, but admitted heís only done a few and said I should have it done by a more experienced surgeon with this procedure.  While I will likely use the referral (appt in sept!), Iíd have no problem with my current OS performing if need be. Heís a confident, well educated, patient first doctor.   

If you arenít comfortable with your OS for any reason, maybe a second opinion is in order?   
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