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Questions to Ask BEFORE Having ANY Surgery

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Quick Questions for Your Doctor

Take this list of questions with you when you go to your doctor or surgeon to discuss your surgery:

  • What operation are you recommending?
  • Why do I need the operation?
  • Are there alternatives to surgery?
  • What are the benefits of having the operation?
  • What are the risks of having the operation?
  • What if I don't have this operation?
  • Where can I get a second opinion?
  • What is your training and experience to do this kind of surgery?
  • Where will the operation be done?
  • Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
  • What kind of anesthesia will I need? General, local?
  • Will the anesthesia be affected by any medications or OTC items I may be taking? Ask your doctor to write down what items will conflict with the surgery and when items should stop being taken. For instance if you take a blood thinner like Warfarin (Coumadin) you will likely need to stop taking it 3 to 5 days before any major surgery. 
  • Will I need any drugs before surgery, such a anti-biotics to prevent infection? post surgery?
  • When will I need to stop eating solid foods?
  • D I need to take any pre surgery medical tests?
  • How long will it take me to recover?
  • What will be my limitations during post sugery/recovery?
  • How much will the operation cost?
  • Can you please mark the part of my body you will operate on?
  • Can you discuss with my primary physcian my health and medicines I am taking and how it may affect my surgery?


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