Questions to Ask Your Surgeon
Surgery can be scary and sometimes overwhelming to think about. It can be hard to remember questions that are important to you about your treatment options during your consultation visit. Below, we have provided a list of questions to help you prepare for your upcoming visit. Our providers want to make sure that you have a good understanding of your treatment options, so that you can make a decision that matches your goals of care.
Please check off questions that are important to you and bring this resource with you to your next clinic visit. If you have other questions not listed below, please write these down so they can be discussed at your appointment.
¨ What is the proposed surgery? Will there be any tubes or drains required?
¨ What are the possible complications of the surgery?
¨ How will surgery affect my other health conditions?
¨ If I choose surgery, what will my recovery look like? Will I be independent or need help on a daily basis?
¨ How will my pain be controlled?
¨ What are your expectations of me while I am in the hospital
¨ Are there other treatment options instead of surgery?
¨ I would like more information on advance directives and making my wishes known if I am unable to speak for myself.
GOALS OF CARE
Please write down what is important to you at this time in your life and what your expectations are of treatment (i.e. able to take care of myself or free of disease). This should be discussed with your surgeon and primary care physician.