How do you select a surgeon?

What qualities do you look for when you are selecting a surgeon for a major or minor operation? Chances are you are doing research on the experience and qualifications of the doctors that practice in your area. No two surgeries are ever exactly the same because all patients differ. How do you know you are getting the best when it comes to surgery?

You will want to first look at the experience of the surgeon that will be performing your operation. How often does the surgeon perform your specific procedure? Where is the procedure performed and how often is it performed there? The quality of the hospital staff can be of paramount importance when it comes to pre-surgery, during surgery and post-surgery care.

How many like procedures has your potential surgeon performed in his or her career? Similarly, how experienced is the hospital or surgical facility with your specific procedure? You will want a doctor and hospital that do the procedure regularly and have a significant number of successful surgeries to their credit.

Other considerations

Once surgery has been suggested as an option, you will want to evaluate your alternatives carefully. First and foremost, you will want to know if surgery is absolutely necessary in your case. Evaluating the alternatives from an effectiveness and safety standpoint will help you decide if you are choosing the right option.

Is your surgeon board certified? Keeping current on board certifications indicates that the surgeon you are considering is an exceptional performer in their particular specialty. You can check the certification status of a United States surgeon at http://abms.org.

After learning the experience level of your surgeon, you should also be aware of their rate of success, of failure and of complications related to your specific procedure. Experienced surgeons know these rates and will be glad to share these statistics with you.

Choosing the right surgeon also means choosing the right place to have your surgery done. Make sure the hospital or surgical facility proposed to you adheres to best practices and maintains exceptional standards as evidenced by a very low hospital infection rate.