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Question DetailsAsked on 2/5/2017

Can you please help me find the best knee replacement orthopedic in the SE USA. A Dr that specializes in knees.

I have excessive degenerative osteoarthritis in both knees. Two reputable orthopaedic physicians, in separate groups, have recommended knee replacements. I am only 44, and truly need to have the best knee guru to have the best outcome as possible.

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If you have consulted two orthopedic doctors (surgeons, presumably), start by checking out THEIR qualifications and reviews. Angies list can give you listings for doctors in a specific locale - but not region-wide, so I would talk to those doctors about who THEY would use if they needed your type of surgery - and emphasize you are looking for the best osteoarthritis joint replacement surgeons, not just in you immediate area.

And personally - I don't know how much followup needs to be done by the surgeon himself after you are discharged, or if it can be done by your local orthodepic doctors - but personally for your condition and age, I would not be looking at limiting it to the SE US - I would be looking for the best nationwide, though there are mobility issues after the surgery certainly - so unless prepared to stay near the hospital for a somewhat extended (say 1-2 week) period for possible rehab therapy, your area would need to have that type of facility locally for you to go home to after the typical 1-5 day in-hospital stay. From friends who have had knee or hib replacement (in and out of the military) some were walking and went home in a day, some in two weeks (or course longer for hips) - generally within 2 weeks they were fully mobile (but not driving till 4-6 weeks) and back to normal light-duty work like office work, so you would have to coordinate follow-up care and decide if you trust your local docs to assess the progress and properly identify any problems.

And of course, remember a large part of the decision may be predicated on your insurance carrier - will they cover surgery at an out-of-area (especially if out of their preferred network) hospital, will they cover travel costs (including spouse or another care advocate/driver), are the "best" doctors in-network or not, etc. Can make many thousands of $ difference - and of course for this sort of surgery would almost certainly require advance approval of the treatment plan by them.

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This is Chris in Member Care. I'm happy to help!

I've found some highly rated providers from the List. I’ve sent the providers via email.

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