Going into surgery can be a frightening and stressful experience, but that anxiety should not keep you from making educated decisions about your health. You deserve all the answers your physician can provide. There are five key questions you should be sure to ask before your next surgery.
1. What is the procedure and how is it performed? Ask your physician for an explanation of the surgery and how it works. Ask about the details, including how long it takes and how common it is.
2. Why is the procedure necessary? Consider whether the surgery will eliminate the pain as a treatment or if it will actually cure the problem. The doctor should point out specific instances in which the surgery will provide a benefit.
3. Are there alternatives to surgery? If there are other options it is a good idea to discuss the pros and cons of those treatments.
4. What are the risks and potential side effects of the surgery? In addition, what are the short-term expectations for recovery? A good doctor will always let you know what to expect.
5. What are the possible long-term effects of the surgery? Is it possible that it will alter your body permanently?