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How do you find the best vascular surgeons by region?

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To find the best vascular surgeons by region, select your region in the U.S. News & World Report search engine in the Health section of its website, or enter your ZIP code into the Castle Connolly website search engine. After you find a list of surgeons, ask about their expertise and success rate, suggests Consumer Reports.

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According to U.S. News & World Report, its list of doctors by region does not include a ranking system. The website includes information about where every doctor has been educated and trained, which hospitals they work in and what insurance plans they accept. Vascular surgeons specialize in treating blood vessel diseases, and U.S. News & World Report bases its list only on this qualification.

Castle Connolly ranks its physicians through a nomination system. Prospective doctors receive nominations, and a team of physicians reviews each nominee's record. Nominees who pass get put on the Castle Connolly list of top physicians.

Consumer Reports tells patients to ask five questions after they gather a list of vascular surgeons in their area. They should ask if surgery is necessary for their specific condition; whether the surgeon's certification is up to date; what the surgeon's experience is with this particular condition; what his success, failure and complication rates are; and statistics on the hospital's infection rate. Make sure these answers meet personal requirements before selecting a vascular surgeon.

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