United States here, and New York state specifically (if it matters).
Our five year old son needs to have an endoscopy performed with a local GI specialist. I understand its a simple procedure, but this is our son. And before we just let anyone give him anesthesia and operate on him, I'd like to know their "track record".
Is it possible to access, or even request, the "surgical history" of the gastro specialist and the anesthesiologist that will be spearheading the procedure? When I say "history" I mean, I'd like to know:
- How many endoscopies/similar procedures have they done before (where they were performing the same roles/tasks during those procedures that they will be for our son)?
- Of these procedures, were their any adverse effects or outcomes experienced by the patients?
- Has the doctor received any formal/official complaints or lost any malpractice suits in the past?
Ideally, this information would be accessible so I could compare several different specialists and make a decision based on the empirical facts.
Does such information exist? How does one access it?