Your local, board certified Urologist is most often certified by at least one of two well-recognized organizations: the American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S. = "Fellow, American College of Surgeons), and the American Board of Urology (Diplomat, American Board of Urology). INQUIRE AS TO WHETHER THE PHYSICIAN IS IN CURRENT STANDING WITH HIS OR HER BOARD CERTIFICATION, ASK TO SEE THE CERTIFICATE ON THE WALL IN THEIR OFFICE!!! <----IMPORTANT
*Check the track record of the hospital that the physician uses for his or her "base of operations", most often, a physician will have satellite offices spread throughout a specific region. Avoid having your procedure(s) performed at the regional hospitals, as the surgeon will (most often) be more familiar with the method of operations at their base hospital.
CONSIDER EMPLOYING A UROLOGIST BASED AT A "BIG CITY HOSPITAL" OR TEACHING FACILITY.
Research the physician's continuing education records, specifically related to urethral surgery (not related to the prostate). That walnut-sized "little gold mine" often preoccupies most urologists, as roughly 40% of their practice is prostate related.
*ask friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. about their opinion of the facility in question, very often, the reputation of a hospital will correlate with the standard of care which you receive. Research the archive(s) of local newspapers by using the keyword "malpractice" in the search function. Check to see if there has been a recent change in the command structure of the facility, and consider avoiding having surgery there if "things appear out of place".
Consumers Research Council's AMERICA'S TOP UROLOGISTS:
Consumers Research Council's TOP UROLOGIST SEARCH FUNCTION
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