If your healthcare provider recommends surgery, it's important you have as much information about the procedure as possible.If your healthcare provider recommends surgery, it's important you have as much information about the procedure as possible.
Asking your doctor the questions below can help determine if surgery is right for you. Many people find it helpful to take notes or have a family member or friend with them when discussing these questions to help you remember the information your doctor provides.
What to Ask Before Surgery
- Why do you think surgery is the best treatment?
- How will the surgery improve my health or quality of life?
- How long can I safely delay the surgery?
- What risks are involved?
- What's the risk for death with this surgery, in general?
- What sort of complications might arise?
- Does my health or age create a higher risk for complications?
- What type of anesthesia will be used?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What can I expect during recovery?
- What will my condition be when I go home?
- When can I resume my normal activities and go back to work?
- What, if any, limitations will I have after surgery?
- Could more surgery be necessary?
Getting a second opinion from another healthcare provider can also help you make your decision. Having another doctor review your case can verify your diagnosis and ensure surgery is preferable to other treatments. In addition, many health insurance companies require a second opinion and may require you to choose a doctor from its list of providers.
Learn More About Surgery at Mercy Gilbert
For more information about our comprehensive surgical services please call us anytime at (480) 728-7140.