Choice Date vs. Choice Surgeon

This entirely depends on your specific circumstances. Specifically, it depends on the severity of your symptoms and the skill level of your second-choice surgeon.

If your symptoms are unbearable, and your second-choice surgeon has good success rates, then it may be worth it to switch. If your symptoms can be reasonably managed during your wait time, however, it may be worth it to hold out for the surgeon you know and trust already. Or, if there are any other reputable surgeons in the area, you may consider seeking out a third choice.

Whatever you do, do not make the decision lightly. Your surgeon plays a major role in the success of your surgery.

If you chose to wait, ask your current doctor for medications to help manage your symptoms. Also, make sure you are on a list in case there are any cancellations that could move your surgery date up.

If you chose to switch surgeons, be sure to establish a very open line of communication with him. Make sure he knows all of your concerns and answers all of your questions satisfactorily.

This content was written by staff of by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support. Reprinted with permission: Choice Date vs. Choice Surgeon


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