Choosing a qualified surgeon
Surgeon - how to choose a good one
What is the best way to choose a qualified surgeon?
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
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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