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Choosing a qualified surgeon

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Surgeon - how to choose a good one

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Question:

What is the best way to choose a qualified surgeon?

Answer:

Educate yourself about your surgical procedure. Choose a specialist who has performed many of these procedures and who is board certified in his or her particular specialty. In addition, try to speak directly with some former patients -- don't just look at "before" and "after" photos.

Many disease processes and surgical procedures have support groups to assist patients. (These are good sources for advice from other patients.) Get a second opinion from another doctor once you have found someone who has recommended a particular treatment plan. In other words, make sure other surgeons would follow the same recommended plan.

Avoid choosing a surgeon from an advertisement alone, and be cautious if a doctor suggests additional or multiple surgeries.

See also: Choosing a primary care provider


Review Date: 8/21/2009
Reviewed By: James Lee, MD, Department of Surgery, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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