Printable Patient Education Brochures 
From the American College of Surgeons.  Informative brochures on the most common procedures like appendectomy, colonoscopy, hernia repair and others. They include benefits & risks of surgery, common medications, pain control, how to prepare ahead and other topics.

Getting a Second Opinion Before Surgery
From Medicare.gov. Provides guidance on the why and how of getting a second opinion. Medicare covers second opinions for some, but not all treatment. 

Preparing for Ambulatory Surgery
From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). You will also need specific information from your surgeon and hospital.

Ten Questions To Ask Before Having Surgery
From The American College of Surgeons

Hospital & Outpatient Surgery Ratings
From the Leapfrog Group. Search by hospital name.  Has ratings for complex adult surgery, outpatient elective surgeries, infections, and other patient safety measures. For complex adult surgery (like cardiac), they include the minimum number of surgeries a facility should do to be able to practice safely, also known as 'surgical volume'. 

New England Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery Report  
Outcome Data from The Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group.  This is a collaborative of six hospitals that track their outcomes for CABG Surgery and others. Hospitals that report include Catholic Medical Center, Concord Hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Eastern Maine Medical Center, Maine Medical, University of Vermont Medical Center.

Surgeon’s Ratings
From Consumer Checkbook. Read the article below about how they develop these ratings and what is included.

Surgeon Scorecards
From ProPublica, a non profit investigative journalism team. Read the artilce below about how they develop these ratings and what is included.

 

 News!

Fierce Healthcare 2015 article about the two surgeon’s ratings websites above

FDA Safety Caution on Use of Robotic Devices for Cancer-Related Surgery, February, 2019 

 

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