An upper extremity surgeon is the best specialist to consult if you are experiencing problems with your shoulder. By now, you have probably realized just how much you rely on your hands and shoulders daily. Movements that are so small, such as turning a doorknob, holding utensils and feeding yourself using them, and buttoning your shirt and pants can become challenging with pain and limited hand and shoulder function.
An upper extremity surgeon will let you know what treatment options are available for you to preserve the function of your shoulder. There are many upper extremity surgeons, but you want the best one, and you should come to this decision carefully.
Here are a few tips on how to choose the best surgeon for your shoulder surgery.
Search for Surgeons with Subspecialty Certification
The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery administers the Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand to board-certified orthopedic surgeons who are highly qualified in hand surgery. What this tells you is that the orthopedic surgeon received additional training, handled a high volume of upper extremity surgeries, including complex cases, or has made significant contributions to the field of upper extremity surgery.
To become eligible to take the exam and receive a Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery, not only does the physician have to be board-certified, but they also have to complete a year of fellowship training.
Board certification and subspecialty certification together demonstrate a physician’s skill, experience, expertise, and dedication to providing the highest quality care to patients.
Check for Surgical Experience
An important aspect of selecting the right surgeon for your shoulder procedure is experience. You want to go with a surgeon who has performed your specific surgery many times. While a lot of surgeons specialize in orthopedic care or hand surgery, not all of them have a wealth of experience treating shoulder conditions or performing your particular shoulder surgery. It is important to go with a surgeon who has demonstrated skill in shoulder surgery through experience. This will ensure that the procedure will be performed correctly and that if complications arise, the surgeon can handle it.
Schedule a Consultation
Meeting the surgeon for a consultation is a very important step. For one thing, you will get a feel of the clinic and how it is run. Second, you will get to evaluate the surgeon’s communication style and assess their bedside manner. You don’t need to be friends with your surgeon, but you want someone who is friendly and approachable. Select a surgeon who believes in a collaborative approach to care – someone who listens to you, cares to explain your diagnosis in terms that are easy to understand, and guides you through your treatment options.
Female Hand Surgeon in Miami Lakes, FL
Dr. Tosca Kinchelow is a female board-certified surgeon with subspecialty certification in hand surgery. Dr. Kinchelow has extensive experience treating patients with upper extremity issues due to sports injuries, work-related injuries, or arthritis. Dr. Kinchelow routinely performs surgery to treat shoulder problems with great enthusiasm and compassion.
If you have any questions about our services or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kinchelow, call our clinic today at (888) 908-9036 or use our convenient online appointment request form. We look forward to serving you in our Miami Lakes clinic.