- Ask for second opinions or referrals
When the primary care doctor refers to a particular surgeon’s name, there are several sources that you can use to cross reference the information about the surgeon. Ask friends and family members if they can vouch for the recommended surgeon. Use social media to access a bigger source of information. If you have doctors in the family, they will make your job easier.
When you are given surgery as the only choice to treat your spinal, nervous or head ailment, you need the help of an expert. A neurosurgeon’s skills to treat a particular condition or handle a particularly complicated procedure is a deciding factor of your recovery.
- Make enquiries with the previous patients of the surgeon.
- Get to know the success rate of the surgeries the doctor has performed.
- Find out about the complication rates of the particular procedure.
- Find out if you are vulnerable for surgically complicated risks.
- Make sure your neurosurgeon is approachable and easy to communicate with. It is very important that he/she makes you feel comfortable and answers your queries patiently.