First question: What kind of operation is it?
The success of any operation largely depends on how much the patient and the doctor managed to find a common language. Therefore, usually doctors themselves tell in detail about the features and localization of the operation, explain why an operation is needed, describe in detail its course. If after the doctor's story some things remain unclear for you, do not hesitate to ask additional questions.
Second question: Which anesthesia will be used?
The times when anastatic drugs could harm the body, have been far in the past. Choosing a good profile clinic, you can be sure that you will choose the optimal anesthetic drug and its optimal dose. Nevertheless, if you want to alleviate postoperative pain, it makes sense to discuss with the doctor an additional epidural anesthesia.
Epidural anesthesia is an anesthetic injection that is performed in the spine and leads to loss of pain sensation and relaxation of the muscles.
The third question: how long will the operation last?
This is important for you and your family to optimally plan their time and avoid unnecessary discomfort.
Fourth question: What techniques will be used during the operation?
Techniques for conducting surgery are usually determined by the doctor in advance, so you can specify which technologies and tools will be used. It is also very important to understand if the surgeon is using this technology because it considers it to be the most effective, or because the resources of the clinic do not allow him to use a more innovative method.
Fifth question: How to prepare for the operation?Be sure to ask the doctor what should include the process of preparation for the operation. Find out what tests you need to pass and what tests to go through. Usually you need to take two types of tests: those that confirm your safety for other patients and medical personnel (for HIV, for hepatitis, etc.), and those that confirm the safety of the operation for your health (general blood test, urine and t .). In addition, you will need to pass narrow-profile tests related to the operated disease.
It is also important to find out what additional steps need to be taken to increase the likelihood of achieving positive results. If the operation is planned, you can start preparing in advance: stick to a diet, give up bad habits, and tackle the acute forms of already existing diseases.
At the same time, it is strictly recommended not to dramatically change your lifestyle immediately before the operation, as this can lead to additional stress, which is the main enemy of a quick recovery.
The sixth question: What is your experience of conducting such operations?
In order to be sure that your surgeon has enough experience in surgical treatment of your disease, first of all, you need to choose a specialized medical institution.
Usually specialists in narrow-profile centers have their own refined technique of conducting an operation, which greatly increases the chances of success. In addition, you can count on a broad general examination of the entire medical institution.
Seventh question: What will be the rehabilitation period after the operation?
Be sure to talk to the surgeon about the length of your stay in the hospital, how long the pain syndrome will last after the operation, when you can get out of bed, and always follow all the doctor's recommendations.
Separately ask the doctor what complications after the operation can expect you and how long it will take to treat them, find out if there is a chance of occurrence of "limited disability". The doctor should not only talk in detail about the complications, but also advise how to prevent them.
In addition, it is recommended to ask the surgeon about the size and shape of the stitch, which will be applied after the operation in order to avoid an unpleasant surprise.