14 Questions to Ask Before Surgery
Grant Cooper, M.D. | March 28, 2012
Before undergoing any surgery, you should be sure to do your due diligence. You wouldn’t buy a house without asking around, so why would you not give your own body the same benefit?
What are the risks and potential complications?
Have a complete knowledge of the procedure and what it entails.
How many of these procedures have you done?
Have a strong knowledge of the surgeon, his or her background and read reviews prior to having surgery.
How would you define a successful operation?
Should I be pain free after the surgery? How should I measure a successful procedure?
What is your success rate for the procedure?
A patient should know going in the success rates for a particular surgery and surgeon.
What complications have you seen with this procedure?
What is the likelihood of experiencing such complications?
What is your complication rate for this procedure?
How does your rate compare with other surgeons? Do I need to look elsewhere?
What alternative treatments are available?
Do I have any other options?
Can I try other options before opting for surgery?
If I try an alternative treatment, can I come back to the surgery later?
Can I have other treatments after this surgery?
Does this surgery close the door on future options?
If you were me, would you have it done?
If a surgeon wouldn’t have the surgery in your situation, this should be a red flag.
Which doctor would you choose for this procedure?
If a surgeon choose someone else, it may be wise to look elsewhere.
How long is the recovery time?
It is important to know how long you will be on the mend.
When will I be able to go back to my normal life?
Will my life be changed forever? Will quality of life improve?