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Questions to Ask before Surgery

Undergoing surgery may either be by choice or necessity of the patient. Regardless of the reason, there are a few concerns that should be address ahead of time. If you have an upcoming surgery or procedure scheduled with one of the professional surgeons in La Jolla, make sure to ask the following questions about the procedure and aftercare which can help ensure comfort and peace of mind.

How should I prepare for the procedure?

It is vital to prepare ahead of time before any medical procedures as there are surgeries that require the patient not eat, change their diet, or take certain medications in the time leading up to the procedure. Not following the proper pre-surgery steps could lead to complications with the procedure. When asking your medical team about how to prepare, bring a pen and paper to make adequate documentation. This will ensure that their recommended guidelines are followed carefully and correctly.

Are there any risks or complications that may arise?

Absolute safety is difficult to guarantee, even with the most routine types of surgery. Based on the health of the patient, there may be a significant risk involved when put under general anesthesia or given sedatives. Speak to your health care team about complications that may pose a higher risk to you based on personal circumstances. Complications can range from excessive bleeding and blood clots the rare possibility of death depending on the operation.

What is the duration and expectations of the healing process?

Proper care at home plays a major part in the recovery process of any type of surgical procedure. It is important to know what type of arrangements need to be made as far as taking time off from regular activities and work. Major surgery may require help from a loved one or part-time health care nurse during recovery. Know the expectations and take any advice if there are any recommendations to speed up the healing process.

These 3 questions are a great starting point for those who are undergoing a procedure or surgery. However, if you have other questions or concerns, don't be afraid to ask your primary care doctor or the surgeon performing the procedure. They are available to you as a resource and can help alleviate any fears you may have.

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