After you have discussed with your primary doctor any issues you are having and they recommend you to speak to a neurosurgeon, the next step is choosing which neurosurgeon to make an appointment with. Your primary doctor will definitely have recommendations for you, but at the end of the day, you need to choose one that will be best for you. There are many factors to keep in mind when choosing a neurosurgeon for yourself.
First, as mentioned earlier your primary doctor will have a few recommendations for you. Their recommendations are good to keep in mind. They have probably heard great things about the surgeons they recommend or possibly even went to school or practiced alongside them in the past. It is important to keep their opinion in mind, but at the end of the day, it is a personal choice so make sure to do your research as well. It would be a good idea to do your own research as well. Start with a simple Google search of neurosurgeons in the area. You could also ask family and friends if they have any recommendations.
After you have a list of neurosurgeons that you are interested in you can call their offices and make appointments to meet with them individually. During the consultation, you should ask a lot of questions to get to know them better and see if you are both on the same page. You should feel comfortable with the neurosurgeon you choose.
And then after you have picked a neurosurgeon, do more research on them. Make sure their credentials are accurate and there are no malpractice suits against them. However, just because a doctor has a malpractice suit against them does not necessarily mean they are bad surgeons. Ask the surgeon about the suit and for more clarifying information. Also, look into where they went to medical school and where they practiced medicine prior to their current hospital. It’s also important to see how experienced the neurosurgeon is and how many years they have been practicing medicine. Again, if you have any questions, bring this up to them and voice any concerns you may have. You can question them about their history performing neurosurgery and how many procedures they have done in their career.
Not only is it important to look into the neurosurgeon, but you should also research the hospital where they practice. Is that a place you feel comfortable undergoing a surgery? Have there been any recent news stories about the hospital that show it is a poor quality hospital? You want to be just as comfortable in that hospital as you are with the neurosurgeon.
Another way to research neurosurgeons is to speak to their previous patients. After you have met with a neurosurgeon that you like and feel comfortable with, ask if there are any of their previous patients you could contact to discuss their experience with. You can ask the previous patients how their experience was and if they had any issues or concerns with the neurosurgeon.