Talking with Your Doctor
Frequently Asked Questions
21. If I have to have surgery, what questions should I ask the surgeon?
In some cases, surgery may be the best treatment option for your health problem. If so, your doctor will refer you to a surgeon who can talk to you about the operation. Understanding what the surgery involves will help you get ready for it and can also help you decide if you want to try a different treatment option.
Here are some questions to ask your surgeon.
- What will be done during the operation?
- What are the risks? What problems may occur because of this surgery?
- What is the success rate of the surgery? How often does the surgery work?
- What kind of anesthesia will I have? Are there any risks for older people?
- Will I have to stay in the hospital overnight?
It is also important to know what you can expect after the surgery. Ask your surgeon about any kind of pain or discomfort you may have after the surgery. Also, find out how long it will take to recover and get back to your normal routine. It is also useful to know if there is anything special you will need to do to recover.