Tips on Selecting a Surgeon

Finding out you need surgery can be a scary time. There will be several decisions that you must make to receive the best care and increase your chances of a full recovery. With all that must be considered, how do you choose the best surgeon for your needs? What questions do you need to ask before you determine who will be operating on you? If you are currently searching for the best surgeon for your needs,  Advanced Surgical and Weight Loss Institute completely understands. We know that this is an incredibly important choice and want you to make the one that is right for you and you alone. We are proud to assist Brevard County residents with bariatric surgery, gastric bypass, and many more services.

First and foremost, know that you have a choice. Just because your physician recommends someone to you does not mean that you have to use them. However, the medical doctors you are currently working with can provide a wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to selecting your surgeon so keep this in mind. Ask questions and become an informed patient.

After you know you will need surgery, begin researching as much as possible. AARP suggests sitting down and doing some pointed research of your own. Determine which doctors and medical establishments work with your insurance provider. Read legitimate reviews, seek counsel from other medical professionals, and ask friends and family for their recommendations.

Once you have narrowed down candidates, you will want to take your researcher a step further by identifying whether or not the surgeon you are considering is licensed to practice in your state. You will also want to make sure he or she is board certified and that they are equipped and eligible to perform the surgery in question. Taking these steps will provide you with peace of mind and help you finalize your decision.

Once your list is dwindled down, you will want to set up a consultation and meet with your potential surgeon face to face. This is a great time to ask targeted questions such as:

  • How many times have you performed this procedure?
  • Do you feel this operation is completely necessary?
  • What is your success rate?
  • How many patients suffer complications?
  • What about hospital safety?
  • What are your credentials?

Be sure to take notes and revisit them when the selection time comes. Remember that just because you set up a consultation with a surgeon this does not mean that you have to use them. If something feels off, look elsewhere.