secrets that surgeons will not reveal to you

To find out who the good doctors are, ask the hospital staff
“Their opinion overrides a degree in a major university, a prestigious title … or their natural charm

Ask the surgeon what the complication rate is
“If he does not have it, he hides something or has not done enough of this kind of operation to get one. No one is safe from complications. “- Arnold Advincula, MD, Chief Surgeon, Gynecology and Urogynecology, Columbia University Medical Center

Almost all surgeons are in conflict of interest
“They are paid ten times more to operate than to try to solve your problem nonsurgically.” – James Rickert, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon, Bedford, Indiana

Do not assume that your GP’s recommendation is the best
“A recommendation may have political motives because doctors work in the same multi-specialty groups.” – Howard Luks, MD, Chief Athletic Medicine and Arthroscopy, Westchester Medical Center and University Orthopedics

Ask if you can talk to former patients
“It’s like getting references from a babysitter.” – Marc Gillinov, MD, author of Heart

Some surgeons do not offer interventions that they do not know how to do
“I saw patients who had been told they had to have an open hysterectomy when their surgery could very well be performed laparoscopically. It’s a great reason to demand a second opinion. “- Arnold Advincula, MD

Always ask, “Who will take care of me after the surgery?”
“You want to be answered,” I’ll see you regularly until you’re fully recovered. ” Often, residents or medical assistants will follow up. Other times, nobody, especially once you’ve been discharged from the hospital. “- Ezriel” Ed “Kornel, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery at Cornell University

Better to have surgery early in the week
“Many doctors take their weekends away so they are not there to make sure you are doing well. If you are operated on a Friday, and there is the slightest complication on Saturday or Sunday, the replacement of your doctor will take care of you. “- General surgeon holding a blog under the name of Scalpel skeptical

Have a loved one accompany you during your preoperative meeting
“It reminds the doctor that you are not just a bladder, a bypass or a valve, but a person with a family.” – Marc Gillinov, MD