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  1. Why do I need an operation?
  2. What operation are you recommending?
  3. Can you walk me through the procedure?
  4. How long will the surgery take?
  5. Will I have a visible scar?
  6. When and where can I see my family after surgery?
  7. Is there more than one way of doing the operation?
  8. What are the benefits and risks of these other choices?
  9. What are your qualifications?
  10. How much experience do you have doing this operation?
  11. Will I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
  12. How long will I stay in the hospital?
  13. What is your surgeon's fee and what it covers?
  14. At which hospital will the operation be done?
  15. Which hospital has the best care and results for my condition?
  16. Are there any alternatives other than surgery?
  17. How will I benefit from this surgery? How long will it last?
  18. What are possible complications or side effects of the surgery?
  19. How much pain there will be with the surgery? What will the doctors and nurses do to help stop the pain?
  20. What will I gain or lose by not having the operation now?
  21. Where can I get a second opinion?
  22. What kind of anesthesia will I need?
  23. What medical tests do I need before surgery?
  24. How long will it take for me to recover?
  25. Ask what kind of supplies, equipment, and help you will need when you go home.
  26. How long it will be before I can go back to work or start regular exercise again?


Before you have the operation, call your insurance company. They can tell you how much of the costs your insurance will pay and what share you will have to pay. You also will get a bill from the hospital for your care and from the other doctors who gave you care during your surgery.


The American College of Surgeons (ACS) has free pamphlets on When You Need an Operation at the following link:



The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has more information at the following link:



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