Before having your surgery, you will be asked to indicate that you understand the nature of the surgical procedure to be performed and that you give your permission for the surgery. Most surgical procedures are not emergencies, so it is very important that you fully understand the process. This may appear to be a formality, but, in fact, this should be taken very seriously.
Before your surgery, frankly discuss with your surgeon any questions or concerns that you have, such as:
- What are the indications for your surgery? Why is this surgery necessary?
- Are there any alternative treatments available?
- What will be the likely results if you do not have the surgery?
- What are the basic procedures involved in the surgery?
- Will any other surgeons be assisting your surgeon during your procedure, and what tasks will they perform?
- What are the risks?
- How is the surgery expected to improve your health or quality of life?
- What can be expected during your recovery period?
- When can you expect to resume normal activities?
This surgery is being performed for you, and you should seek information necessary to improve your understanding. Do not hesitate to ask questions. No doctor can guarantee outcomes, because each surgery is different depending upon your health status, existing disease, and the response of each patient.
You should feel that your questions have been answered before giving permission to do the surgery.