Need Surgery? Questions for Your Doctor

If you need surgery, here are some sample questions you might ask your doctor. Print and take this list with you to your pre-surgery appointment.

❏ Why is surgery needed? What is likely to happen if I don’t have surgery?

❏ How is this operation done? What is your experience in performing this type of surgery?

❏ Will it require a stay in the hospital? If yes, for how long?

❏ Are there other treatments that may be an option for me?

❏ What are the benefits and risks of the surgery you’re recommending?

❏ What kind of anesthesia will I need?

❏ Are there any steps I need to take in advance of my surgery, such as stopping smoking or avoiding certain medicines?

❏ What will my recovery involve?

❏ Who should I call after surgery if I have questions or unexpected symptoms?

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The information provided here is for general informational purposes only and not intended to be nor should be construed as medical or other advice. You should consult your own doctor and/or an appropriate professional to determine what may be right for you. Treatment options mentioned may not be covered by your benefit plan. Check your plan for specific coverage details.