Questions to Ask Your Doctor and Your Surgeon

Play a Part in Making the Decisions about Your Surgery

Are you facing surgery? You are not alone. Every year, more than 15 million Americans have surgery. If you are like most people, your surgery is not an emergency situation, it’s planned in advance. This means you have time to learn about your surgery and to make sure it is the best choice for you. Be active in your healthcare and you will be happier with the outcome.

 

Don't be afraid to ask questions!

Your doctor should welcome all of your questions and make sure you understand the answers. If you do not understand the answers, ask the doctor to explain again and again, until you fully understand what he/she is saying. Sometimes it helps to bring along a friend or relative to help you talk with the doctor and take notes about what is said. Research shows that patients who are well informed about their treatment are more satisfied with their results.

 

SpeakUP™ program to Avoid Medical Mistakes

 

Having Surgery? What you need to know (from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

 

 Quick Questions for Your Doctor