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Surgery Questions You Should Ask

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Updated June 28, 2013

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More Questions To Ask Your Surgeon
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In addition to the questions you should ask your surgeon about the benefits and risks of your surgery, you should also ask additional questions regarding your recovery.

Questions To Ask About Your Surgery:

What kind of scarring can I expect?

Are there any special instructions that will help speed my recovery?

What type of incision care will I be expected to do after surgery?

Under what circumstances would my outpatient procedure require being admitted to the hospital overnight?

Will I need to arrange for help or home health services during my recovery?

What type of follow-up care will I require?

Will I need physical therapy regularly after surgery?

Will I be able to drive myself home after the procedure?

How will my pain be managed after surgery?

How will my diabetes be managed during and after my procedure?

What prescriptions will I need to take in the time following my surgery?

How long will I require prescription medication after surgery?

Can I have my prescriptions filled prior to surgery so they are available when I return home?

How long will I expect to be in the hospital?

What is a normal recovery like after this procedure?

What limitations will there be on my activity after surgery?

When will I be able to return to work?

When will I be able to return to my normal activities including exercise?

When will I be able to eat and drink after surgery?

Questions About Surgery Costs:

How much will the procedure cost?

Does the cost of the procedure include OR time, anesthesia and testing?

Is a payment plan available or a discount if I am self-paying for surgery?

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