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Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Become a Member
Become a member and receive career-enhancing benefits

Our top priority is providing value to members. Your Member Services team is here to ensure you maximize your ACS member benefits, participate in College activities, and engage with your ACS colleagues. It's all here.

Membership Benefits
ACS
Patient Education

Your Surgery: How to Recover Well

The ACS is committed to helping you recover from surgery quickly and effectively

Your Surgery: How to Recover Well

Together We Do Better

The ACS’ primary mission is to improve care for surgical patients. As a patient, you are an important member of the surgical team and have a critical role in your recovery. Our patient and caregiver programs help prepare you with the information and skills you need to confidently participate in your care.

Find a Surgeon

Find a Surgeon can assist you in finding a qualified surgical specialist who is either a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) or working toward their Fellowship. The letters “FACS” after a surgeon’s name indicate that he or she is a Fellow of the ACS. Fellows are board-certified surgeons whose education, training, professional qualifications, surgical competence, and ethical conduct are reviewed and consistent with the high standards of the ACS.

Home Skills Training for Surgical Recovery

Certain surgical procedures require a greater level of patient involvement in preparation and recovery. The ACS training programs provide the knowledge, checklists, and step-by-step skills training to support your journey to recovery. Each program explains, demonstrates, and offers practice opportunities—in advance of surgery.

Home Skills for Patients

Control Pain Safely

The goal of pain control is to minimize pain, keep you moving and help you heal. The ACS pain control guides and videos help you know what works best to help you feel better. Common medications are reviewed including safe opioid use and answers to questions about long-term opioid use and surgery.

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Find a Hospital or Facility

When you need an operation or receive a diagnosis of cancer, you want to be cared for at a center that follows best practices and uses the current guidelines to ensure your best recovery. The ACS reviews and accredits centers that meet those high standards. Use the search feature below to find a treatment center.