The Appointment with your Surgeon

Before your procedure, you will have an appointment with your surgeon. He or she will review your medical records and ask about your condition and symptoms.
What to bring
To make the most of your visit, please bring the following to your appointment:
  • A list of your current medications
  • Any and all x-rays, MRIs or other imaging films (including written report)
  • Information about what treatments and medications have been tried in the past and medical records that you think may be helpful
  • List of questions you want to ask your physician
  • Insurance information and card
  • Referral from your primary care physician, if applicable
Before you leave, the nurse or surgeon will likely give you written instructions on what you need to do to prepare for the surgery. It is important that you understand and follow the instructions carefully. You can call the office later with any questions, if needed.
Questions to ask your surgeon
This is also the time for you to ask questions. Here are some questions you to ask your doctor or surgeon about your procedure:
  • What operation are you recommending?
  • Why do I need the operation?
  • Are there alternatives to surgery?
  • What are the benefits of having the operation?
  • What are the risks of having the operation?
  • What if I don't have this operation?
  • Where can I get a second opinion?
  • What is your training and experience to do this kind of surgery?
  • Where will the operation be done?
  • Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
  • What kind of anesthesia will I need?
  • How long will it take me to recover?
  • Will I need special equipment or medical supplies during recovery?
  • How much will the operation cost?
  • Can you please mark the part of my body you will operate on?


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