Dr. O'Connor explains why a woman should feel comfortable with the doctor who is performing her hip replacement.
I think there are many, many talented orthopedic surgeons who do just a great job, and I think that one of the most important things is for the patient to be comfortable with their doctor. I mean, when I go see my doctor, I want to be comfortable and know that I can ask my doctor any question that comes to mind, that I am not going to feel disrespected or fearful about asking the question, and most importantly, that I know my doctor has my best interest at heart.
And so I want my patient to know that they are the center of my universe when I am with them. It’s all about them, and that’s what I think a patient should feel when they find a doctor. And if they find a surgeon, and they have that connection, that’s great!
About Dr. O'Connor, M.D.:
Dr. Mary O'Connor, M.D., was accepted as a resident in orthopedic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, New York in 1985. She joined the orthopedic surgery staff at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida in 1991, and since 2005 has served as department chair. Dr. O'Connor cares for people with hip and knee arthritis, failed joint replacements, and pelvic tumors.