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How to find and Questions to ask a Surgeon

BuelaBBuela Posts: 67
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:55 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I have an appointment on Wednesday with the orthopedic spinal surgeon that my pain management specialist recommended.

I have two related sets of questions:

How can you find a good surgeon -- How do you find out if a doctor has complaints filed against them? What else can you check to help determine if someone is going to be a good surgeon for you?

Once you have an appointment with a potential surgeon, what questions should you ask them?


  • You can call your local hospital where the surgeon works out of and ask the nurses, they know everything about the doctors. Also you can check your state and his license number to see if any complaints have been filled against him/her. Also if you have any other doctors, ask them if this was your wife, child and so on, whom would you want them to see. One thing that is important is to find out about follow-up care(if you need surgery), whom do you see the surgeon or PA. You cn call the office yourself and ask those questions. Keep in mind most of these places have caller ID, so they will see your name coming up when you ask. Here is a link to a list of questions, you can formulate a list on your own, and ask questions. I would be sure to write all your questions down, and take someone with you, as two sets of ears are better than one. Good luck and let us know how it works out.

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