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What you should ask your surgeon

9/14/2014 | By:

There are certain questions you need to ask your surgeon before undergoing surgery. Here's a list

Hundreds of millions of surgeries are performed annually around the world. The types of surgeries and the reason they are performed are diverse. While the options available differ regarding emergency vs. elective surgery there are certain questions you need to ask your surgeon before undergoing surgery.

 

 

Below is a list of questions that are important to have answered.

 

  What exactly is the problem? What is the exact medical terminology?

   Why is surgery necessary?

  Are there different surgical options available? If so, what type of surgery do you recommend?


  What are the medical names of the surgery options?


   What exactly is done during the surgery?

   What improvement can I expect to see after surgery?

  How long will the surgery itself take?

  What complications are possible with this surgery both during and after surgery? What are the        risks? How likely are complications to occur?

   What is your training? How many of these surgeries have you done? What is your success               rate?

  Will you yourself be performing the surgery or will one of your residents be the one operating?

  Is the surgery done under local or general anesthesia? Do you work with a particular                     anesthesiologist and if so which one? Can I choose my anesthesiologist? Will I meet the                 anesthesiologist before the day of the surgery?

  Is the surgery done on outpatient or inpatient basis? How long after the surgery will you need       to stay in the hospital?

   What preparation do I need to do before the surgery? Do I need to have blood tests and/or             an ECG done?

  Do I need to have clearance from any other physician like a cardiologist?

   How big will the incision be? Will there more than one incision? Is the surgery done                        laparoscopically?

   Are the stitches dissolvable or do they need to be removed? If they need to be removed when        and where?

   What kind of pain can be expected after the surgery?

   What is the recuperation time?

   Will any kind of therapy be needed after surgery? If so what type of therapy (e.g. physical            therapy, respiratory therapy) and for how long?

   What limitations will I have after the surgery and for how long?

   How long after the surgery is there a follow up visit?

   What will the surgery cost?


  Having surgery performed is not something to be taken lightly. You need to understand why         you are undergoing the surgery, the possible complications as well as what outcome you               should expect.

  Before meeting with your surgeon prepare yourself for the meeting. Research both the                 surgeon as well as the surgery. Come to the meeting with a list of questions and make sure           your questions are all answered by the surgeon before you agree to the surgery.

  When you know what to expect, you will feel more at ease with both the procedure as well as          your surgeon.

 

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