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Choosing a qualified surgeon

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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 .

Update Date: 12/5/2003

Jacqueline A. Hart, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Boston, Ma., and Senior Medical Editor, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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