Choosing a qualified surgeon

Alternative names 
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 physicians would follow the same recommended plan.

Avoid choosing a physician from an advertisement alone, and be cautious if a doctor suggests additional or multiple surgeries. See also choosing a primary care provider.

Johns Hopkins patient information

Last revised: December 4, 2012
by Harutyun Medina, M.D.

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