Doctor review sites can be helpful, but some are more trustworthy than others. So what should you look for?
Accurate Surgeon Information
Make sure the surgeon’s full name, medical degree, practice name, office address, and other distinguishing information match the doctor you’re searching for. For example, if you were interested in a facelift in Toronto and searched for me, make sure you aren’t reading about a different Dr. Rival in another city. Quality sites require this kind of basic information.
Quality of Reviews
Be judicious in your evaluation of reviews left by patients. Whether negative or positive, do they provide examples and appear well thought out? Do they give details that could sway you one way or the other in choosing your doctor?
Trends for Certain Procedures
Do you notice multiple reviews about specific things? Patterns, whether positive or negative, can be very telling. If dozens decry or praise a surgeon’s rhinoplasty techniques, for example, that’s probably worth noting.
One Piece of the Puzzle
Checking review sites is only one of many aspects you should consider in choosing a surgeon. Other things to research include a surgeon’s:
- Education and training
- Board certification
- Accomplishments and contributions
- Research and presentations
- Faculty appointments
- Affiliations with medical organizations
- Hospital privileges
- Pre- and postoperative photos of other cases
When it comes to selecting who will perform your surgery, you want to gather as much relevant information as you can before deciding.