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gollum
 
Fri 24 Feb, 2023 06:44 am
I have read that a doctor who performs a given medical procedure many times yearly will be better at it than one who rarely performs it. Accordingly, I plan to ask my doctor how many procedures he does.

Should I ask for something in writing or a statement from the hospital? I'm not saying a doctor would lie -- but I don't know.
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engineer
 
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Fri 24 Feb, 2023 09:40 am
@gollum,
I would take their word, but if you have any doctor friends, they will know who is the expert in any type of surgery. Reputations get around.
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Mame
 
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Fri 24 Feb, 2023 12:55 pm
@gollum,
It also depends on the operation. I haven't sewn on a button for years but I'm pretty sure I can still do it.

Why not ask the doctor in question?
gollum
 
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Fri 24 Feb, 2023 01:59 pm
@Mame,
Mame-

Yes, I agree.

Then, when the surgeon replies that he performs _____ [a large number] of such operations per year.

People have been known to lie. Doctors are people.

There is a financial benefit to the doctor if he lies.
Mame
 
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Fri 24 Feb, 2023 02:09 pm
@gollum,
Don't ask him, then... ask his receptionist. Google him on RateMD dot com.
gollum
 
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Fri 24 Feb, 2023 02:40 pm
@Mame,
Mame-

Thanks, checking on a site that shows patient ratings might be helpful.
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