If you plan to have a vasectomy, you’ll want a highly qualified urologist to perform the procedure. How do you find the best urologist who is right for you? Here are important factors to keep in mind. Top Things to Look For Find a urologist who: Is board certified and who specializes in urologic surgery Has experience performing vasectomies Accepts your insurance You are comfortable talking with and who fully answers your questions Here are four steps to finding the best urologist to perform your vasectomy. 1. Ask Around Start by creating a list of potential urologists. Ask your family, friends, and other healthcare providers for recommendations. If you’re starting without any referrals, or you’re looking for more options, search for urologists on Healthgrades.com. Some general surgeons and family practitioners also perform vasectomies. Healthgrades.com shows patient satisfaction ratings, which give you insight into how your own experience might be with the doctor. Patients rate the doctor and the doctor’s medical practice, and say if they would recommend the doctor to family and friends. 2. Research Credentials and Experience Take time to research the doctors’ credentials and experience. Look for a doctor who is board certified in urology and performs vasectomies on a regular basis. The more experience a doctor has performing vasectomies, the better prepared he or she is to anticipate and prevent complications. Also, confirm that the doctor is in good standing with state and federal agencies and that he or she has no history of malpractice claims or disciplinary actions. You’ll find all this information on Healthgrades.com. 3. Interview the Doctor As you narrow down your list of urologists, call each doctor’s office and ask for a consult appointment to meet and interview the doctor. Ask yourself if you are comfortable talking with the doctor. Does he or she respect your opinions and answer your questions in a way you understand? Here are some questions to ask the doctor: How many vasectomies have you performed? What type of vasectomy will you perform and why? What results do you usually see? Do you have outcomes data to share? Have you ever had a vasectomy fail? How frequently do you encounter complications from the surgery? What do you do to avoid complications or correct them if they occur? 4. Determine Your Insurance Benefit Your insurance coverage is a practical matter. To receive the most insurance benefits and pay the least out-of-pocket for your surgery, you need to choose a surgeon that participates in your plan. But keep in mind, just because a doctor participates in your insurance plan doesn’t mean he or she is a high-quality doctor. You still need to consider the doctor’s experience and expertise.