Finding the best doctor
March 28, 2014 1:19 PM Subscribe
What are your strategies for finding the best doctor (or at least a very good doctor) for a particular procedure?
posted by MsMolly to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I have a condition that may end up needing surgery. I live in a small enough city and my current doctor has been unhelpful enough in diagnosing the condition that I'm not at all confident I would want to have the surgery done here in town by the one person who specializes in it. Plus this surgery would require me to have someone to help out during a few weeks of recovery, which means that it would probably make the most sense to have it done in a large city where I have family and where there is a major, high-quality set of hospitals.
I have excellent google skills, but what should I be looking for to help me wade through the results? And how does getting in touch with the doctors I'm interested in work once I have a particular diagnosis/test results from my doctor at home? I'm looking for someone who's done this before to walk me through the steps I'd need to take. If it matters, I'd be looking for a colo-rectal surgeon in Houston, TX, but feedback from anyone who has done this kind of search for a doctor for any condition would be helpful.