New-patient wait times for orthopedic surgeons in 15 major cities

The average wait for a new patient seeking an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon in a major metropolitan area is 11.4 days, according to a recent survey conducted by Merritt Hawkins.

The survey was conducted between Jan. 9 and Feb. 13. Wait times reflect the average number of days a new patient would have wait for an appointment for an injury or knee pain.

Here is how each of the cities surveyed stacks up, from longest to shortest average wait times for orthopedic surgeons.


Detroit — 19 days
San Diego — 19 days
Minneapolis — 15 days
Los Angeles — 12 days
Miami — 12 days
Boston — 11 days
Portland, Ore. — 11 days
Dallas — 10 days
Denver — 10 days
Houston — 10 days
New York — 10 days
Philadelphia — 10 days
Washington, D.C. — 8 days
Atlanta — 7 days
Seattle — 7 days

See the full survey here.


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