I was wondering how a person is supposed to know if a surgeon is good or not?
My grandmother went to see a surgeon for back pain. Afterwards, her physical therapist told her that particular surgeon is a butcher. They suggested a few other surgeons and said one was really good. So I looked up information on the first surgeon and didn't really find anything bad about him. So then I looked up the surgeon that the therapists said was good and patient reviews call him a butcher. Additionally, I found out that he was reviewed by the board of medicine for permanently injuring a patient that ended up causing their death years later. The surgeon was found not guilty, which really doesn't mean a thing to me.
This makes me wonder how to determine if a surgeon (or doctor) is good. Here we have physical therapists saying a surgeon is wonderful, but patient reviews and other documents strongly suggest otherwise. Then we have physical therapists saying another surgeon is a butcher with no evidence to back it up.
To add to the confusion, some surgeons have patient reviews saying that the surgeon didn't bother to look at the test results before making a diagnosis. Or that the surgeon rushed them during their consultation and was also rude to them. Or that the surgeon has a God complex. My personal favorite are the surgeons that supposedly suggest surgeries just to make money.
So, how are you supposed to know if a surgeon is good? The last thing anyone wants to do is go to a crappy surgeon that ends up causing more harm than good. It's more than obvious that you can't really trust the recommendations of other medical professionals. I suspect that they recommend surgeons and doctors based on their own personal experience or relationships with that doctor rather than how good they actually are. Or maybe they're not aware of how bad they are.