How to Choose a Doctor

Following diagnosis of an unruptured brain aneurysm, a life-threatening and complex condition, you want to find a medical professional with the greatest level of experience and expertise in treating it. In general, you will be seeking a neurosurgeon that specializes in management of aneurysms. This can be achieved in a number of ways:

  • Seek advice from your own primary care or family physician to obtain a referral to a specialist. Your own doctor will often be familiar with a suitable specialist who can evaluate you and discuss management options.
  • If you have a friend or relative who has undergone treatment for an aneurysm, they may be able to provide a recommendation.
  • Investigate and contact academic University centers in your area – most such academic centers will offer comprehensive aneurysm treatment.
  • Use the internet to search for specialists in your area, but beware that information on the internet is self-reported and not monitored for accuracy.

Remember, you have the right to ask questions of your doctor and to get a second opinion before you proceed with treatment. No surgery or procedure is risk-free, so you want to make sure you thoroughly understand the treatment your doctor is recommending and his or her expertise in performing it.