Communication with your doctor and healthcare team are essential for you to make good decisions about the need for tests, surgery and other treatments.
- Before you consent to surgery, make sure you are informed by your doctor about the purpose and benefits of the surgery, other possible treatment options and potential risks of having surgery.
- If you decide surgery is the right choice for you, ask:
- What will be done during the surgery?
- What do I need to do to prepare for surgery?
- How will I feel during my recovery?
- What is the plan for my recovery and treatment after I leave the hospital?
- Ask questions to be sure you know why a test or procedure is needed and how the results will help you.
- Ask your doctor or nurse when and how you will get the results of the test or procedure.
- If you don't get the results when expected, don't assume the results are fine. Call your doctor and ask for the results.
Understand what test results mean for your health and treatment. You have the right to know the actual results. Having this information will help you track your health status over time.