Orthopedic surgeons are being challenged today more than ever before, and this makes growing your practice extremely difficult. Patients have more choices available to them than in the past, and the soaring popularity of Internet searching has provided them with the means to become much more selective.
In addition to that, there are a number of other challenges and obstacles confronting orthopedic surgeons, all of which make it difficult to predict just what state your practice might be in one year from today.
Challenges faced by orthopedic surgeons
In many cases, reimbursement for services provided has actually gone down as a result of insurance carriers being reluctant to pay for expensive services, and that means the typical orthopedic expert is working harder for less money. That is an obvious deterrent to building a practice, and even to maintaining your current workload. Another major challenge is that of a surgeon’s time requirements – regulatory demands are increasing on the one hand, and patient demands are also increasing because they require a more satisfying experience. All this adds up to greater demands on the time of a medical professional, and it can be very difficult to balance these different needs.
Private practice surgeons are also facing tremendous pressure from giant healthcare organizations and hospitals, which can be extremely hard to compete with. In order to compete with these juggernauts, many surgeons have found it necessary to combine with other professionals to present a consolidated practice to patients.
On the other hand, there is a growing need for more surgeons because the aging population demands an increasing need for medical treatment and care. This is forcing orthopedic surgeons to adopt modern technologies at a more rapid pace – for instance, using telemedicine techniques whenever possible.
Opportunities available to help grow your practice
Despite all the challenges being faced by orthopedic surgeons today, there are still some opportunities available that will help you to grow your practice in the highly competitive environment of the present. For instance, if your practice has a high volume of chronic pain treatment cases, laser therapy from OrthoLazer can provide a highly effective solution, and it involves no invasive surgery and no undesirable side effects of pain-killer medications. Another potential opportunity is also provided by OrthoLazer, which offers a “business-in-a-box” model for surgeons struggling to keep up with some of the challenges referenced above.
The business-in-a-box model from OrthoLazer can be the fastest, most effective way of establishing a new practice, or of revamping an existing practice. OrthoLazer can come into your practice and set up your entire routine, even helping with the hiring of your medical staff. That will quickly get you started so you don’t waste precious time getting up and running, perhaps saving you weeks or even months of setup time. Being off to a great start like that, it can be expected that the chances of experiencing real growth in your practice one year from now, are significantly increased.
OrthoLazer Orthopedic Laser Centers offer patients and their doctors an innovative and effective alternative pain management option to treat acute and chronic orthopedic conditions. Founded by Dr. Scott Sigman – the original opioid-sparing surgeon – our centers further his mission of providing his patients non-operative and non-opioid treatment options.