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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:18 pm 
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Is there any way you can find out the success rate for a specific medical procedure for a particular surgeon, or for a specific surgical centre, nhs and private?

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:31 pm 
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As I understand it, the NHS have published that info for cardiac surgery, but not for other kinds of surgery - though I think they're working on that too.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 7:40 pm 
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Some surgeons are very active in research and audit and do publish their data but can be tricky to find, some are happy to provide access to abstracts and papers such as this guy- I am under the knife next week with Mr D!
http://www.bristolsurgery.com/SectionCo ... tionid=190


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:19 pm 
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I don't think this info is readily available for all surgeries - but as FB said is available for cardiac operations.

I have called up surgeon's secretary for a family member - to find out

1) number of procedures they have done regarding a certain op.
2) conversion rate from keyhole to open surgery
3) number of complications that self rectify
4) number of complications that require a separate procedure
5) how long surgeon has been doing this procedure for

out of 3 secretaries I contacted I got very detailed email reply back from 2 surgeons - one just ignored me!

I also google the surgeon and find out whether they practise on the NHS/Private or only one or the other. Whether they work in major teaching hopsitals etc /responsible for training younger surgeons etc.

Best Wishes DC for forthcoming operation - wishing a speedy recovery.

Hope this helps
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:26 pm 
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Thank you everyone. It is a complex procedure which falls under the cardio-thoracic heading and would be classified probably as cardiac surgery. Where is that data, and is it just lumped under one heading or recorded procedure by procedure?

I like the idea of asking directly too. Will do this if necessary but was hoping to make some more discreet comparisons first.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:35 pm 
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I would think it would be either on the surgeon's website or on a hospital's website. I don't think it is centralised as such.

I have seen cardiac results for either Royal Brompton or Harefield Heart Hospital - will try to find the web link and post it back.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:42 pm 
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http://www.scts.org/patients/find_out_a ... ition.aspx
some info on indivual C-T surgeons here


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:14 pm 
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Hi mystery,

I think DC17's list is the most comprehensive, the hospital's I mentiond just publish their overall figures per surgery not individual surgeons outcomes

for example

http://www.rbht.nhs.uk/private-patients ... ardiology/

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:35 am 
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I had a full and frank discussion with a surgeon proposing to operate on me: I asked about the risks, how often he carried out the procedure, how often there had been complications etc. He dealt with it all very nicely - I think if you are polite and friendly they don't mind one bit. It's your body after all.

Best wishes for the surgery.


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