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?
Have a complete knowledge of the procedure and what it entails.
Have a strong knowledge of the surgeon, his or her background and read reviews prior to having surgery.
Should I be pain free after the surgery? How should I measure a successful procedure?
A patient should know going in the success rates for a particular surgery and surgeon.
What is the likelihood of experiencing such complications?
How does your rate compare with other surgeons? Do I need to look elsewhere?
Do I have any other options?
If I try an alternative treatment, can I come back to the surgery later?
Does this surgery close the door on future options?
If a surgeon wouldn't have the surgery in your situation, this should be a red flag.
If a surgeon choose someone else, it may be wise to look elsewhere.
It is important to know how long you will be on the mend.
Will my life be changed forever? Will quality of life improve?