Compare foot and ankle surgeons by checking out their credentials in physician directories such as Healthgrades and the American Medical Association. To find a surgeon who is a good fit, your comparison should factor board certification and hospital affiliation, notes Consumer Reports. Schedule an appointment to assess a doctor’s compatibility and gauge his suitability.
Ask about the number of surgical procedures a foot and ankle surgeon has performed in a given year in comparison to his peers to find an experienced physician who conducts a reasonable number of surgeries based on his location, explains Consumer Reports. Board certification indicates a surgeon takes part in continuing education despite being in an active clinical practice. Check the doctor’s hospital affiliation to find his admitting privileges, and compare the hospital with other facilities in the area using the ratings feature on the Consumer Reports website.
On Healthgrades.com, get an overview of the physician, the procedures he performs and his experience, awards and recognition, training and malpractice, if any. Use the compare feature on the site to gauge the suitability of a surgeon relative to his peers based on various criteria such as patient recommendations, experience, languages spoken and accepted insurance plans.
Alternatively, verify a surgeon’s educational history and board certification using the DoctorFinder feature on the American Medical Association’s website. Use your initial doctor’s appointment to evaluate your relationship with a physician and his personality; these are factors that rank highly in the choice of a physician, according to Consumer Reports.