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Dr. Travis Scudday Lists Questions to Ask Your Surgeon Before Surgery
Help your loved one prepare for an operation and quick recovery.
If you have a family member who's preparing for surgery, it's a
good idea to accompany him or her to a pre-procedure visit with the surgeon,
and not just to provide emotional support, says Dr. Diya Alaedeen, a general
surgeon at the
Cleveland Clinic. Many patients he's performed surgery on were extremely anxious or
even in a state of shock over the prospect of their imminent procedure
and retained little or none of the information he provided, Alaedeen says.
"Loved ones can help with that." It's a good idea for a
relative or close friend of someone scheduled for surgery to accompany
the patient to ask questions and take notes. "Often, the patient
remembers one thing: surgery," Alaedeen says. "Loved ones may
be able to remember the answers the surgeon is providing better than the