When searching for a shoulder surgeon, it can be a very stressful and anxious experience, especially if you have an acute injury; you don't have much time to browse the options. If your injury is chronic and you have time, there is still the worry about the decision because once you finalise, there is no going back. The anxiety about getting back to your routine and work and paying off your bills just piles up on all this. The anxiety is piqued, especially if you are the sole earner for your family or a young athlete who is about to get a sports scholarship, and the injury is interfering with it. Most people worry about the outcome and the pain even before deciding on the surgeon. They fear, what if the damage worsens after the surgery. Some people have also seen a coworker or neighbour or someone having a bad experience with shoulder surgery and hence get paranoid about the decision.
With all these worries, how do you choose the best surgeon for you? So firstly, get a doctor who is an orthopaedic generalist or shoulder specialist. An orthopaedic generalist is the one who does the critical job of stabilising your hips, knees, shoulders, wrists, feet or hands in the emergency room after a fall or an accident. They are usually experienced in a variety of injuries but not necessarily specialise in shoulder injuries. So if you happen to pick any orthopaedic surgeon at random, it's just like getting a lottery ticket rather than seeking out a doctor who can tend to your specific needs.
Dr Aditya Sai is the founder of Shoulder and Knee Clinic and has published articles in many academic journals related to this field. He conducts research and uses the latest techniques to treat his patients with the best quality treatment possible. He is indeed one of the best shoulder specialists in Mumbai who has practised treating shoulder arthroscopically for more than 15 years. He is an expert in hip, knee and shoulder procedures.
It would be best to keep in mind to check the surgeon's credentials like the board certification, state licensing and even special training and fellowships. The experience can set them apart from many other surgeons you have got. Published articles, researches, sponsors and recommendations from known shoulder surgeons are required to gain membership of any society. Checking this makes your job easier. In the end, the technique will matter more than popularity. So make sure you choose a surgeon based on their credentials and experience and not on photos published on billboards or newspapers. It will ensure you get the best results after the surgery.