Preparing for Surgery
The questions below will help you be prepared when speaking to your physician on certain occasions.
- What operation is being recommended?
- Why is this surgery necessary?
- Are there other treatment options to this surgery?
- What are the benefits of this surgery?
- What are the risks and possible complications of having the operation?
- Where will the surgery be performed and who will be in the operating room?
- What type of anesthesia will be given?
- Will I be able to eat or drink after my surgery?
Concerning post-op expectations and recovery
- When should I schedule my post-op appointment?
- How long is the standard recovery for this procedure?
- What activities should you avoid during recovery?
- What is expected during the recovery phase?
- What are signs of abnormalities or complications?
- When will the desired surgery benefits become evident?
- What steps should be taken if an adverse reaction occurs?
- Are there long-term preventative actions that should be taken post-operatively?
Regarding payment options and insurance coverage
- What are the specific costs of the operation?
- Will you submit a coverage estimate to my health insurance company or provide the necessary paperwork so I can submit the bid?
- Will the doctor's office submit the insurance claim for you when procedures are complete?
- What is the history of coverage for this procedure?
- What fees will be incurred (i.e. surgeon's fee, hospital fees, other medical personnel fees)?
- Do you offer financial options, such as a payment plan?
- Do you accept credit card, personal check or require cash?
- How much of the total cost is due at time of surgery?
- Do you require a down payment prior to date of surgery?
- Are there consultation fees associated with the initial clinic visits or post-operative visits?
- Is payment due at time of service for these consultations?
- Do you accept Medicare or Medicaid?
To find out about surgeon's previous experiences
- What is the physicians experience with the procedure being performed?
- How many times has he/she performed the surgery?
- What is the record of successes as well as complications?
- Does the physician have credentials and/or additional certifications which would make them more qualified to perform the procedure?
- Is the physician/surgeon affiliated with an accredited healthcare facility or organization?