Choosing a Surgeon
Affinity's surgeons are highly trained and compassionate
Deciding to undergo surgery is an important decision for any individual and their loved ones. Before you make your decision, do a little research about the procedure and ask questions about who will perform the surgery, their credentials and talk about concerns you may have.
In order to practice medicine, all surgeons must carry a valid medical license in the state which they practice.
If a surgeon is “board-certified,” he or she has completed a defined standard of education, knowledge and training specific to an area of medicine. This is a voluntary credential completed by the individual surgeon and is governed by the American Board of Surgery.
Surgeons who are board-certified in pediatric surgery, vascular surgery and surgical critical care carry an additional certification from the American Board of Surgery. They hold certification in general surgery and their respective specialty.
Some surgeons have the initials F.A.C.S. after their name. This indicates that a surgeon is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. To achieve fellowship, the surgeon goes through an extensive review, both written and oral, by other surgeons in their specialty.
Affinity Health System has two medical libraries, one at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton and another at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh. Our librarians can assist you with information regarding your procedure. Online resources are available on our web site under Health Resources.
What should I ask the surgeon?
The surgeons with Affinity Health System encourage patients to ask questions. Not sure what to ask? Here is a list of commonly asked questions:
- What are your qualifications?
- Why do you recommend this procedure?
- Are there alternatives to surgery?
- How much experience do you have doing this procedure?
- Where will my surgery take place?
- How long will the procedure take?
- What type of anesthesia will be used?
- Will I need to stay at the hospital overnight?
- What is the recovery process?
- Can you mark the body part you will be operating on?