Health: Practice, Practice

Experienced surgeons do a better job. Check on yours before your operation

You've got a lot to think about when you're facing a high-risk operation, not the least being how to pick the right surgeon for the job. There's more to look at than a pleasant demeanor and an Ivy League med school. One of the most important--and most overlooked--considerations is how many times the doctor you have in mind has performed the operation you need. A new study suggests the answer may be literally a matter of life and death.

Surgeons who have performed a high number of certain difficult procedures have significantly better success rates than those who haven't, according to...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!