Dating a surgeon

Of the 2.3 million surgeries it reviewed, about 63,000 patients suffered serious injury, and 3,405 died.

Generally, complication rates range from 2 to 4 percent of all procedures.

It’s OK for young doctors to be board eligible — they have a few years to take the test.

The upshot is that hundreds of active surgeons across the country have complication rates that are double or triple the national average.For a fee, the FSMB will provide the disciplinary history of specific doctors in any state (click Credentialing, then Physician Data Services on its website). Check ratings, number of procedures performed and complication rates Pro Publica and Consumers’ Checkbook both have websites where they rate surgeons and provide information on the number of procedures and complication rates, based on recent Medicare data.State medical boards also have doctor profiles that include board certifications, board actions, criminal convictions and medical malpractice claims. To be fair to the surgeons, both adjust their results to allow for patients’ health status, age and other factors, as some surgeons take on sicker or more frail patients.Yet some surgeons aren’t trained in these techniques, so they might not tell patients about this type of operation.“Too many people are being cut open when they are ideal candidates for minimally invasive procedures,” says Marty Makary, a surgeon and researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.

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