When it comes to medical procedures, it's important to be informed and prepared. Whether you're facing inpatient surgery, ambulatory surgery, oral surgery, cosmetic surgery, major surgery, or a procedure to return to work tomorrow, it's essential to understand why the procedure is recommended and how it can improve your medical condition. Start by asking your healthcare provider which operation is recommended and what alternatives are available. It's also a good idea to inquire about other treatment options depending on your current medical condition.
To get more information about the health care provider or surgeon's experience with the procedure, contact your primary care provider, local medical society, or health insurance company. When you attend the meeting, make sure you come prepared to discuss your medical history, health habits, and past experiences with surgery and anesthesia. In some cases, medications or nonsurgical treatments such as lifestyle changes can be just as helpful in improving a condition as surgery. To avoid unnecessary tests and procedures, bring your medical history from your first health care provider.