Choosing the best surgeon can reduce your chances of death, complications, or other bad outcomes. Prospective surgery patients will find the Consumers’ Checkbook website a helpful guide when shopping for a surgeon. The Surgeon Rating is based on analyses of more than five million surgeries done in hospital by more than 50,000 surgeons, shows you which surgeons’ patients Checkbook found had the lowest (or highest) rates of deaths, prolonged lengths of stay (indicating likely complications), or need to be readmitted to hospital, after our risk-adjustments for patient characteristics. Choosing a good surgeon will enhance your chances of avoiding the unpleasantness, risk, and cost of unnecessary surgery; help ensure the right surgery is performed; and improve your chances of obtaining positive short- and long-term results and having a relatively hassle-free experience. Not all surgeons are included but it definitely be of interest if yours is listed.