Having Surgery? What You Need to Know

What you should know. Ask your doctor and your surgeon to ask. Promoting excellence in health care • www.ahrq.gov. Agency for Healthcare Research and ….

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Having Surgery? What you need to know
Questions to ask your doctor and your surgeon
Why do I need an operation?
What operation are you recommending?
Laparoscopic surgery
Are there alternatives to surgery?
How much will the operation cost?
Learn About the Benefits and Risks
What are the benefits of having the operation?
What are the risks of having the operation?
What if I don’t have this operation?
Learn How to Get More Information
Where can I get a second opinion?
Find Out More About Your Operation
What kind of anesthesia will I need?
How long will it take me to recover?
Making Sure Your Surgery is Safe
If you do have a choice of surgeon or hospital, ask the surgeon the following questions:
What are your qualifications?
How much experience do you have doing this operation?
At which hospital will the operation be done?
Ask the surgeon how long you will be in the hospital.
Have the surgeon mark the site he or she will operate on.

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