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Choosing a qualified surgeon
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: 12/5/2003Jacqueline A. Hart, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Boston, Ma., and Senior Medical Editor, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT