Vasili Karas, M.D., M.S.
Hip and Knee Replacement and Reconstruction located in Chicago, IL & Oak Park, IL
If you’re not sure surgery is the best option, or if you’ve already had a procedure and continue to feel joint pain, orthopaedic surgeon Vasili Karas, MD, MS, is happy to offer a second opinion. Dr. Karas specializes in hip and knee replacement and reconstruction at Chicago Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. For empathy and expertise in your second opinion, call the Chicago office or book an appointment online.
Second Opinion Q & A
When should I get a second opinion for orthopaedic surgery?
It’s never a bad idea to get a second opinion, especially when it comes to orthopaedic surgery. Even if your doctor doesn’t suggest you seek a second opinion, you almost always have options for treatment.
Situations in which people seek a second opinion for orthopaedic surgery include:
- Deciding if surgery is the best option
- Pain or symptoms return after a treatment
- Loss of motion after a treatment
- Feeling uncomfortable with the diagnosis or treatment
Additionally, you should seek a second opinion from Dr. Karas any time your doctor tells you that nothing more can be done to help your condition, or that you aren’t a candidate for a certain treatment.
It’s possible that Dr. Karas may agree with your first doctor’s opinion, but when it comes to your health, it’s important to explore your options. He specializes in treating adults with existing joint replacements that are painful or otherwise not doing their job.
What are the benefits of getting a second opinion?
Getting a second opinion can help you understand the risks and benefits of surgery and nonoperative management. When Dr. Karas performs a knee or hip replacement, it’s typically because his patients want the procedure to help them remain active.
However, some men and women would prefer not to have surgery. Dr. Karas spends time listening to your particular concerns and makes sure you understand the risks involved in the nonoperative management of your condition.
If there are multiple options available for treatment, Dr. Karas explains each one when you see him for a second opinion. Dr. Karas has expertise in minimally invasive knee and hip replacements, as well as complex revision and reconstruction surgeries.
How can I get a second opinion about orthopaedic surgery?
If you have an existing painful joint replacement or are trying to decide whether to have surgery, Dr. Karas can help. He’s available to provide second opinions for the full spectrum of issues that affect the knee or hip.
To schedule your consultation, call Chicago Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine or book an appointment online today.