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    How to know if a surgeon is good? Where to find info?

    I am wondering if there is a way to find out if someone is a bad,good,great surgeon. Is there like a website with reviews or something. I was going to one surgeon for over a year. Not happy with where it was going I am now trying a new one and have been there once so far. I mean how do I know if someone is good? I know what colleges they went to and what hospitals they are affiliated with but thats about it. Seems like it is just random picking.

    Any info would be appreciated. Thanks

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    Try PMing Drpete.......he would probably know...
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    We have had our share of medical problems with unfortunate choices.. And my poor Dad suffered as a result. But , it was the only doctor in our county taking patients with this speciality. .. And did we ever screw up. but didn't think we had other options... I'd suguest check with the court houses to see if he/she has a history of lawsuits.. In our county there is a AMA Lay guide to various illness'. Be sure and be proactive in everything your doctor tells you. Don't automatically just go along.
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    This used to be easy for me, as my mother was the assistant to the head administrator of Medical City Dallas. She always made sure we got the best they had to offer. Now, I just wing it. Best of Luck.

    Funny aside, but when I had my knee scoped, the hospital administrator came by my room to check on me. All the nurses seemed a bit more concerned with my comfort after that visit.
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    Dr Pete is a surgeon, ask him.


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    http://web2.facs.org/acsdir/public/SearchZip.cfm



    The above link will let you search by zip code, it is from the college of surgeons, and has some of the info you seek

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jynx View Post
    I am wondering if there is a way to find out if someone is a bad,good,great surgeon. Is there like a website with reviews or something. I was going to one surgeon for over a year. Not happy with where it was going I am now trying a new one and have been there once so far. I mean how do I know if someone is good? I know what colleges they went to and what hospitals they are affiliated with but thats about it. Seems like it is just random picking.

    Any info would be appreciated. Thanks
    Is there a specific specialty you're looking for?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Someday_RN View Post
    http://web2.facs.org/acsdir/public/SearchZip.cfm

    The above link will let you search by zip code, it is from the college of surgeons, and has some of the info you seek
    The ACS is a good resource for general surgeons, and finding a fellow (FACS after the MD) is usually a pretty good sign. The process for being selected as a fellow comes from experience, academic work, and, most importantly, peer recommendation. So in order to get the FACS you need to have a good reputation within the profession. Not all subspecialists, though, take the time to become fellows, and there are plenty of really good surgeons out there who are not ACS fellows.

    The reason I ask about specialties is because in addition to the ACS, every subspecialty has its own society. I'm a member of ACS and SVS, the Society for Vascular Surgery (I haven't been at it long enough to have my FACS, though), so if you can elaborate a bit on what type of surgeon you're looking for I can help steer you toward some resources.

    Beyond that, there are several important questions to ask. First, if you're looking to get a specific procedure done, ask how many that surgeon does per year and what the complication rates are in his/her hands. They should be able to quote you not only the published data, which is usually biased by virtue of the fact that most people don't want to publish bad outcomes, but also the surgeon's individual data, which is much more important for you as the patient.

    Also, I think it's vitally important to have a good rapport with your surgeon. If I'm seeing someone at a preop visit and they don't understand something about the procedure, my management algorithms for a certain problem, evidence to back up my decision making, etc., I spend that time making sure it's all out there. This is a really subjective thing, but having someone who will take the time to explain things to you, articulate their thought process, etc. is critical.

    That's a bunch of babbling, but I hope that helps a little...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete View Post
    Is there a specific specialty you're looking for?
    I pm'ed you some info.

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    Yeah I definitely don't think it's so much as how good a specific surgeon is, as much as their clinic/centre in general.

    Rapport is definitely good, but that's also half of their job and are usually great at it.

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    rapport can be good and all, but some people at my gym were talking about how this top surgeon in chicago or something left some junk in this guy's shoulder (they knew the guy somehow) druing a surgery. it kept pussing and swelling in ways it shouldn't have. whenever he went to other surgeons and told them who did the work they wouldn't touch him. he went back to the surgeon who did it. he fixed it for free, didn't acknowledge what had happened, and didn't compensate him at all for lost wages from being out of work due to the left behind surgical junk.

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    There are several websites with reviews and comments posted by patients. http://www.ratemds.com is one and maybe healthgrades.com.

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