Choosing the right person to be your surgeon, especially if it’s a life or death matter, can be one of the more stressful decisions that you have to make as an adult. So, as much as possible, you want to gather all of the information that you can in order to make the best choice.
To help you find the right person, consider checking their online presence, reading about medical technology in advance, researching surgery risks, using logic instead of emotion when it comes to making your choice, and having your family help you out with regard to the details as well.
Check Their Online Presence
Because being a surgeon is essentially a public matter, and they are bound by public health laws, you should be able to find out about your surgeon’s background without too much trouble. Where they went to school, what their patients have said about them, what their specialties are, how much experience they have in the surgery you need specifically – these are all facts and figures that you should be able to determine ahead of time.
Read About Medical Technology
And do you know what the latest medical technology is with regard to the type of surgery you need? If you are doing something as intense as brain surgery, that reading up about the latest advancements will fulfill a few different purposes – first, it will let you get rid of your fear of the unknown, and second, it will give you more realistic expectations about things like success rates, recovery rates, and post-surgery healing that you’ll be having to deal with after the procedure is done.
Research Surgery Risks
Some people get so caught up in the idea of getting better by having surgery, that sometimes they don’t research surgery risks either. They assume too much and know too little about the hard data of surgical processes. If you want to pick the right surgeon, make sure it’s someone who doesn’t give you false expectations!
Use Logic Instead of Emotion
When it comes to something as serious as surgery, it’s usually better to trust logic than emotions. Even if you may like the personality of one surgeon over another, by choosing the one with the better statistical knowledge and experience, you’re giving yourself a much better chance for the desired end goal.
Have Your Family Help
And you don’t have to choose a surgeon alone. Use your family as a resource. Have them research with you. Take them with you when you are meeting surgeons. Utilize every angle that you can for getting the broadest and most accurate concept of what the surgery requires, and what the end results and most likely going to be.
Originally posted on April 18, 2016 @ 10:08 pm