For many people, making the decision to undergo any type of surgery can be a daunting experience. The internet offers access to hundreds of consultants and surgeons, but if you are considering hip or knee surgery, how do you know that you are getting the best treatment from the most trustworthy source?
The first thing to do is to have a look at their website and read some of the testimonials. This is a great way to hear firsthand how others have found the experience with the surgeon you are considering. If possible, ask if it is possible to contact a few of these people directly if you wish to speak to them more thoroughly about their overall experience and whether or not they would recommend it to others.
The next important thing is to look at the surgeon’s professional qualifications and membership of professional bodies. Surgeons like Mr Manoj Sikand are members of specialist, reputable membership organisation, such as the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
Mr Sikand’s college is the only multidisciplinary Royal College in the UK, which has been offering support and representation for its members for over 400 years by setting the highest possible standards of health care. With regulation and standards stipulated by colleges such as this, you can be reassured that the calibre of work by surgeons who are members of such institutions is reflective of the standards expected by the College.
If this information is not readily available, have a look at the post nominals (letters after their name) listed by the surgeon you have in mind. For UK-based practitioners, the acronym ‘MRCS’ or ‘FRCS’ means that the surgeon is a member (through successfully completing the intercollegiate exams) or a fellow (a further enhanced grade of membership, usually achieved by demonstrating experience within the industry) of the Royal College of Surgeons.
To further put your mind at rest, book a consultation with the surgeon and come prepared with any questions you might have. Consider asking questions about the operation you are considering, such as how many times they have performed the operation? Will the surgeon you are talking with now be the one who undertakes the operation? What kind of aftercare is available after the operation?
Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions, making this decision is very important and should not be made in haste.