The American College of Surgeons' website is a source for locating surgeons who specialize in colorectal surgery, states the ACS website. The list designates those who are board-certified fellows, meaning their education, training and surgical competence, among other criteria, are in accordance with the high standards of the ACS.
In addition to board certification and ACS fellowship, patients should make sure the hospital or outpatient center where the surgery will take place also meets high quality standards, advises the ACS. Hospitals and outpatient surgery centers are able to seek accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. Accreditation from JCAHO is an indicator that the facility is committed to providing high quality care for its patients. A patient can obtain this information by contacting the local or state hospital association, or by contacting the facility itself.
A patient should also research how frequently the surgeon performs the operation, according to Consumer Reports. Surgeon experience is an important factor in an operation's success rate and in reducing complications. Additionally, if the recommended hospital frequently performs a particular surgery, it indicates that the hospital staff is familiar with caring for patients recovering from that surgery another important factor in quality of care.