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Every surgery has risks. Only you can decide if the benefits are worth the risks. If in any doubt, you should always seek a second opinion.
If you want a second opinion, ask your primary physician or surgeon to recommend another specialist and ask that the test results be sent to your doctor.
Last Updated - 31st October 2005
LEARN THE FACTS
- What is the name of the surgery?
- Get a description of the surgery.
- Are there other options besides surgery?
- Is this surgery the most common one for this problem?
- Are there other types of surgery?
CONSIDER THE RISKS and BENEFITS
- How many similar surgeries has the surgeon performed?
- How many surgeries like this are done at this hospital?
- What is the success rate?
- What can go wrong?
- How will you feel afterward?
- How long is the recovery period?
ASK ABOUT COSTS
- How much does the surgery cost?
- Is the surgery covered by your medical insurance?
- Can the surgery be done on an outpatient basis?
LET YOUR DOCTOR KNOW
- Are you willing to put up with symptoms to avoid surgery?
- Your concerns about the surgery.
- Whether or not you want to have the surgery at this time.
- If you want a second opinion.
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