How skilled is your surgeon?

A recent study makes public something that surgeons have always known: surgical skill makes a big difference in patient outcomes. The research paper, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and reported in the New York Times, explains that surgeons with better hands-- better technical skills, faster operative times, and more dextrous movements-- have patients who do better after surgery.

Read the interesting findings below.

 Paul Taylor/ Getty Images via New York Times

Paul Taylor/ Getty Images via New York Times

 Click to read the full article in the New York Times

Click to read the full article in the New York Times

 Click to read the original manuscript in the New England Journal of Medicine

Click to read the original manuscript in the New England Journal of Medicine