before surgery. The nature of the operation, the risks, alternatives and expected prognosis need to be discussed with the surgeon. Also, there needs to be discussion of care after surgery: Home or not, caregivers and therapy and other treatments.
2. What are the complications of this procedure?
3. How long will I be in the hospital and how long will it take before I am recovered?
4. When can I drive?
5. When can I begin on normal activities?
6. Are there any precautions or activities I should avoid for the first six weeks after surgery?
7. Are there any activities that I will have to avoid after I'm completely healed and/or recovered?
- Can she sit in a tub or very low chair?
- Does she have difficulty putting on socks and shoes?
If the Dr. does not ask these questions, leave. The Dr. should in great detail outline the risks of the surgery and should listen patiently to all questions and if he/she cannot do this, again walk out and leave.
How many does the doctor do a year?
Does the doctor utilize assistants and what part of the surgery do they do?
Does the doctor do an anterior approach ? (muscle sparing)
means he can do the easy ones)? What is his complication rate compared to