The best type of doctor

Updated on August 17, 2019 in Pre-Operation Surgery Questions & Answers
5 on August 14, 2019

Let’s say you have two options. The first one is a popular, successful surgeon, but you don’t really connect with the things he says. The other one makes you feel more at ease despite not being that well known. Given that the surgery is a risky procedure with lots of complications, which one would you choose?

 
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2 on August 14, 2019

It depends.  I’d want to look at the numbers.  Which doctor has performed the most weight-loss surgeries?  Which doctor has had the least amount of patient infections?  Successful and popular won’t mean much if he’s usually performing plastic surgery on average sized people and bedside manner won’t matter much if I’m only going to see the doc for ten minutes before surgery.

on August 16, 2019

In this scenario I think it’s safe to assume that blackdust is talking about choosing between two doctors who perform weight-loss surgery regularly, since that’s what kind of forum we’re on.  So, which would you choose?  The popular, successful surgeon that you don’t exactly like much or the one that makes you feel better about the procedure, but isn’t well-known?  

on August 17, 2019

Numbers matter. I’m sure we prefer to go with someone who has proven his reputation through a list of successful cases. But sometimes mistakes and complications happen even to the best ones. That’s where manner and communication come into play.

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1 on August 15, 2019

I’m glad that my surgeon has both qualifications. He is a well-known doctor with a good record of successful surgeries under his belt. He is also a very friendly doctor because he was so patient in answering all my inquiries.

If I will be choosing from the options above, I would choose a successful surgeon because I did not go there to make friends but to get help with my overweight issues.

on August 16, 2019

That’s awesome, Jean!  It seems hard to find doctors with a good bedside manner who are also great at what they do. I’d pick the first option as well.  You’ll probably see the nurses more than the doc anyway.  It’s the surgery performance that matters most to me.  

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