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How Can I Confirm Number of Procedures Done?


I understand through this website, that I should ask a surgeon how many times he has performed a procedure I am considering. How can I know that he is telling me the truth and not inflating his numbers?


While experience is important, having done a large number of a specific operation is not a guarantee of a successful outcome. The surgeons with the most experience are likely too busy to pay a lot of attention to the running tally, so I would not put a lot of stock in trying to pin down a number.

R.A. Baxter, MD

Richard A. Baxter, M.D.
Mountlake Terrace, WA


It is very difficult to confirm that.

No one will give you the data base, it is confidential. HIPPA law.

The doctor can show you a set of pictures or two. (how do you know these are his/hers?), you cannot be sure. You need to trust the doctor during the consultation, if you do not, then find another.

S.F. Shureih, MD


Unfortunately, there is no mechanism for verifying the actual numbers of a specific procedure a specific provider has performed. You will have to trust your surgeon's word in this regard if you are going to trust him with performing surgery on you. Knowing how long the surgeon has been in practice may give you some idea of they have done a lot or a few. Also, consulting with a member of ASAPS should give you some reassurance that the surgeon does predominately cosmetic or aesthetic surgery.

T.C. Case, MD


Before and After Plastic Surgery Photos -

You are asking an important question. Most surgeons will have a number of before and after photographs available for prospective patients to view. Many patients will not provide consent for their photos to be used, but a plastic surgeon should have a significant enough number of photos to give you an idea of the type of work they perform.

M.M. Law, MD

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