At a minimum, the surgeon must be board certified in the specialty involving your operation. It's a good sign if the surgeon is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (shown by the letters F.A.C.S. after his or her name), which means he or she has been evaluated for ethical standards and professional competence. You can also visit facs.org (and click on "public information) or call (312) 202-5000 and request a local list of fellows.
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