Questions to Ask Your Surgeon

  1. What is the exact procedure that you will be performing? Can you draw a diagram to help me understand? Or, do you have a pamphlet explaining the procedure?
  2. How is this surgery going to make things better for me?
  3. What are alternatives? What if I don’t choose to have surgery?
  4. What impact will surgery and recovery have on my daily life?
  5. What will recovery look like and how long will it be before I feel improvement from the surgery?
  6. When will I be able to go back to work (school, babysitting my grandchildren or something else important to you)?
  7. What does a “best case scenario” look like for me?
  8. What does a “worst case scenario” look like for me?
  9. Given my health and medical conditions, what is the most likely outcome?
  10. What can I do to prepare myself, physically and mentally?
  11. What can I do to prepare my home for after surgery?
  12. May I share what matters to me most as an outcome of this surgery?

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