Quick Tips When Planning for Your Surgery
The single most important way you can stay healthy is to be an active member of your own health care team. One way to get high-quality health care is to find and use information and take an active role in all of the decisions made about your care.
This information will help you when planning for surgery.
No surgery is risk free. It is important to learn about the possible benefits and risks involved in the surgical procedure you are about to have. Research has shown that patients who are informed about their procedure can better work with their doctors to make the right decisions.
Getting a second opinion is important. Your doctor, surgeon, health plan, or local medical society can help you find someone who can give you a second opinion. Before seeking a second opinion, make sure your health plan will cover this expense.
Before having surgery, ask your physician these questions: Remember, quality matters, especially when it comes to your health.
Quick Tips-When Planning for Surgery. AHRQ Publication No. 01-0040d, May 2002. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. www.ahrq.gov/consumer/quicktips/tipsurgery.htm