Guest post by David Liu
Despite millions of people across the world undergoing surgery daily, when it comes to you, the decision to “go under the knife, or not” is a difficult one to make. Regardless of knowing the benefits of the surgery, and advice from medical professionals and loved ones, the decision is yours. And, understanding the risks and benefits prior to surgery is essential.
The doctor handling your surgery can help you make the right decision and also put your mind at ease. While a good doctor will do all he/she can to help you through the process, they will also be open to clarify any doubts you may have. After all, it is your body, and you have the right to know. Asking plenty of questions is a good way to make an informed decision.
1.How will this surgery help me?
Asking for specifics regarding your surgery will help you focus on the imminent benefits of performing the surgery, rather than focus on the period leading up to it. Possible questions to ask are:
2.What are the alternatives?
Before agreeing to undergo surgery, it is always best to ask your doctor if there are any other alternatives available to you, that can help achieve the same results. Alternatives may include:
When buying a simple, off-the-shelf product we tend to go into minute details such as who is the manufacturer and where it was produced. Why should a surgeon performing a procedure on you be any different? It helps to ask questions such as:
Putting your doctor under scrutiny in a professional manner ensures you are signing up for the best possible services, which you deserve.
4.About the surgical procedure.
At this stage, you will be putting to rest all doubts you’ve had about your surgery. Knowing all aspects of the surgery helps you prepare yourself accordingly and also set realistic expectations. The following questions are a must:
A surgery can be an expensive affair and always ensure you have your finances in order well in advance. Note down:
6.Preparation leading up to the big day
When the day of surgery arrives, the satisfaction you derive from knowing everything has been thought through is immense. It can help you face the surgery with a brave face. Double check with your doctor about:
What will life be like following surgery? Ask your doctor the following questions to find out:
Remember, a well-informed patient is significantly more satisfied with the outcome of the surgery as they’ve had a chance to set their expectations accurately. Be open about your reservations and clarify every minute detail. It is the doctor’s responsibility to ensure he/she explains everything clearly, erasing all doubts before you go into the surgery room. Have you ever gone into surgery? What was your experience like?
My name is David Liu and I’m a researcher and writer for Drugwatcher. In a previous life, I briefly worked as a lawyer, but after a short career, I made the switch to pursue my passion for writing. Luckily in my current work, I can combine my passion for law with my second passion, health.
In 1996, I graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a master’s degree in health law. I have been published in several research journals and peer-reviewed publications and I’m a proud father of 2 daughters.