How do you choose a specialist doctor?

Jun 11, 2019 0 Comments in Male health by

It is curious that in health, we usually pay attention to intangible elements such as comments from people we know. Criteria like “he/she has been highly recommended”, “my neighbour is doing great after seeing them”, or even “that clinic is just closer to home,” are frequently hailed as valid reasons upon which we choose the specialist we need to go to. In contrast, if you need a mortgage, you will look at the interest rate offered by each bank; if you want to purchase a flight, you will compare prices per trip; so if you are looking for a doctor, what should you seek out mind in order to make your decision? If the question leaves you clueless, read on to find the answers.

Do you compare the price of the first visit? Is the price a good indication of the doctor’s quality and professionalism? Is that a good element when finding the best doctor for your pathology?

In private medicine, it is common to compare the prices of each professional. Is this the best indicator of quality? The cheapest is not always the best option, especially in medicine. A medical visit is an investment, so whilst price is a limiting factor no doubt, we should value the specialist and the private medical centres for their results, not for their prices:

  • How many patients does the doctor treat each year? (Experience is key)
  • Does the doctor have professional credentials? If so, which ones? (Regulated medical training is essential)
  • Does the doctor have a specific training in the patient’s pathology? (Look for specialization)
  • What is the success rate of the doctor in the treatment we wish? (Customer satisfaction)

Measuring results is essential in order to assess the success rate and the efficiency of any activity. In medicine, we are not used to this measurement, but we should all make an effort to publish our results in Journals and professional publications so our colleagues can have access. Furthermore, and even more important, these results should also reach our present and future patients.

Let’s lead by example. Currently, our casuistry in the most requested andrological surgeries is as follows:

  • 1610 penis prosthesis implant surgeries*
  • 520 curvature correction surgeries (Peyronie’s disease)*
  • 492 phalloplasty surgergies (including size increase of the penis)*

*This surgical experience is “ad personam”, that is, all interventions have been performed by Dr Mariano Rosselló, medical director of our Centres at Madrid and Palma de Mallorca. We want to clarify this point because sometimes the surgical activity performed at our Centres includes surgeries with several members of a Medical Team, in which case the experience is shared by those people and does not belong to a specific professional.

Other elements that may help you:

  • Medical awards or acknowledgements granted by medical societies.
  • Being a professor in the subject matter (workshops, symposium…).
  • Belonging to exclusive circles in which one access if they comply with certain requirements such as experience, quality, etc.
  • Innovation authorship: when the doctor masters the technique and may improve the current medical procedures.

You can’t come to consultation in person? Do you wish a second opinion? We offer you the possibility of making your online consultation to speak directly with Dr Rosselló. You can access by clicking here.