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What should I ask my surgeon before surgery?

Dr. Grant Cooper, MD
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Specialist

Questions to ask your surgeon before surgery include:

  • What are the risks and potential complications of this procedure?
  • How many of these procedures have you done?
  • How would you define a successful operation for this procedure?
  • Will I be pain-free after the procedure?
  • What is your success rate for this procedure?
  • What complications have you seen with this procedure?
  • What is your complication rate for this procedure?
  • How does your complication rate compare with other doctors?
  • What alternative treatments are available?
  • If I have one of the alternative treatments and it doesn't work, can I still get this surgery later?
  • If I have this surgery now, can I still have the other treatments later?
  • Does this surgery close the door to other kinds of treatment?
  • If it were you in my situation, would you have this procedure done?
  • If you were having this procedure done, which doctor would you choose to do it?
  • Can I have his or her number so I can get a second opinion?
  • How long is the recovery process?
  • What will the recovery process involve?
  • When will I be able to go back to work and exercise?
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