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Is it a good idea to ask a surgeon about his qualifications and experience during a consultation?

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reddwarf

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Will they take offence if i ask about their surgical qualifications/credentials and experience. The thought of a dentist or someone with similar insufficient training operating on my head scares the shit out of me. Do I need to make sure they are members of any specific groups or associations?
 
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YES YES YES! I can’t stress this enough! You want to ask as many questions as possible along with doing research on the clinic and the doctor. If they get offended then it shows that something may be fishy. Any good surgeon would be proud to tell you about their credentials.You also need to look at their results!
 
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Openess and transparency is important and today one can research well online a prospective doctor and clinic, their medical registration, qualifications, membership to associations, and above all the results that they obtain as stated here. Another important aspect is to be able to meet with ex-patients in person and most clinics should be able to provide this. If they are offended, then go elsewhere because you are making an important decision and one that merits research and that you are satisfied before proceeding. All the best in that and hope this forum is also a help.
 
Pete from Farjo

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I can only echo what's already been said. A reputable surgeon will not take offence at these questions. You're paying a large sum of money to a relative stranger so it's only sensible to find out as much as you can about their credentials, reliability and ability to perform to the standard they claim.
 
JoeTillman

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I'll respectfully disagree with Pete, in that reputable doctors will in fact have their egos bruised (and have) if you come to their office and question their qualifications. I know this may seem somewhat antagonistic but when you reach a certain level of expertise and skill, not to mention reputation, many will compare such situations to asking Michael Jordan what his qualifications are for joining the NBA.

As stated above, the qualifications and third party validations are usually easily seen on the clinic website and in the "about us" or "about the doctor" sections. I think instead of asking about the doctor's qualifications, you should be asking about the qualifications of the staff members that will be working on you. In many clinics, they'll be doing the majority of the surgery and this is what you need to be aware of. How much surgery is the doctor actually performing, and how much is performed by unnamed techs?
 
DrTBarghouthi

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While it may sometimes feel awkward talking about your credentials and experience to clients, it certainly is his or her right to ask and research the person they're potentially trusting. I personally don't mind it, Some clients have the surgeon and his or her CV well researched before even booking the consultation, while some use the consultation to gather as much information as possible. There is no right or wrong in my opinion. When I put myself in their shoes, it certainly makes it understandable being asked about my training and experience etc.
 
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Thanks for all the answers it has helped a lot. How do clinics let you see actual patient results in person then? Do they have patients they use regularly like models or do they just ask random past patients if they mind?
 
JoeTillman

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A lot of clinics will ask patients during their final follow up review if they will be open to having their contact info sent out to prospective new patients for references. They'll have to sign a form acknowledging their affirmation of this. I'll say this, if a clinic says that they can't give you a patient's info due to confidentiality reasons then they are stonewalling because every clinic ahs the ability to ask their former patients to meet new ones.