Sitting and watching my daughter’s swim team reminds me how important repetition is in our lives. Muscle memory is fundamental in sports like swimming and ballet. If you miss a day of practice, you spend the next three practices catching up. Surgery is no different.
Practice, Practice, Practice
Research has shown time and again that surgical repetition improves outcomes. A surgeon who performs four of the same surgeries a week develops a vastly superior skill set compared to a surgeon who performs four of those same surgeries a year. When you are seeking the best surgeon, look for someone who is a specialist and regularly performs the specific surgery you need. You would never bring your car to a repair shop that only repaired brakes a few times a year. Your body’s care is no different.
Questions for Your Surgeon
- How often do you perform this surgery?
- How many of these surgeries have you performed in your career?
- What have been the outcomes of your patients?
- What are the complication rates?
If the surgeon doesn’t know this information, is easily offended or evasive, proceed with caution. Don’t be afraid to seek a second opinion.