Top tips to find the right surgeon
To help you find the right surgeon, begin with your primary care physician who suggested that you must undergo a specific surgical procedure. Don’t forget to ask your primary care physician why they recommend this surgeon. Their professional opinion goes a long way to ease your uncertainty. Your primary physician may have worked with the surgeon before. Your physician may know and trust that the surgeon he is suggesting uses top quality equipment like Bovie cautery.
Protecting your health is certainly one of the most effective ways to keep you safe. Believe me when I tell you that you don’t want to hear your primary care physician say that his recommended surgeon works with your insurance plan which is why he/she is suggesting you use them. If you hear anything like that, stand up and say, “No thank you, doctor, I’ll look elsewhere.” At the top of a list to find the right surgeon is that they must be board-certified in the surgical field that you are assigned to.
Seek advice from family and friends
The chances are good that among your family members, friends, or neighbours, someone has had the surgical procedure that you are considering. If so, seek their recommendation and ask if they were pleased with the outcome. Ask them if their surgeon had a good bedside manner. Ask your acquaintances if they were patient and informative?
Suggestions from medical facilities and insurance provider
Many hospitals have a support group program for your type of surgical procedure. Contact the support group and think about joining the group to learn as much as you can. You will probably get different surgeon options, but this is good because you should interview at least two surgeons.
I know that my insurance provider offers help in finding general practitioners and surgeons. You can easily contact them and ask for a list of surgeons which of course accept your insurance. Don’t be surprised if a skilled surgeon with a widely popular reputation is located outside your community.
Once you find a surgeon or two, check their credentials. As previously stated, they must be board-certified but you will want to see proof. There are state medical boards that you can go online to check, plus you can contact organizations like the American Board of Medical Specialists for confirmation.
A friendly face-to-face is also a good idea to find the right surgeon for you. After you have narrowed your list of possible surgeons, schedule a consultation meeting which should be free. Make a list of questions that concern you and your surgery experience.
There is no need to be intimidated or feel uninformed. Any pre-surgical or post-surgical questions you have should be explained. If not, then you know that this is not the surgeon for you. We talked about bedside manner. However, even if your surgeon is not all warm and fuzzy, your main concern is their skill.
If the surgeon answers your questions and you feel secure, then you have made your choice. At the same time, did the surgeon ask you health questions? This shows that he or she is interested in learning as much as possible about your surgical procedure in order to keep you safe and healthy.
Let’s look at typical questions to ask your recommended surgeon or potential surgeons:
- How many surgical skills do you have for my procedure? Volume is good. This means that he or she is proficient in your type of surgery.
- Will the surgeon be available after the surgery for questions or concerns?
- What will my surgery entail?
- Will my surgery be an invasive surgery or a minimal non-invasive surgery?
- How long will my hospital stay be? Your personal life requires this information because it will affect family and work.
- Are there any risks or possible complications involved?
- What happens if I don’t have the surgery?
- What are the benefits of my surgery and will it last? Ask if the surgeon can also supply you with literature on your surgery and recovery. Becoming more informed eases tension and stress for the unknown.
Also, make sure that the surgeon is affiliated with and accredited by a hospital or quality healthcare facility.