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Questions to Ask the Doctor

Article Highlights

  • Important questions to ask
  • Don't ignore your loved ones symptoms
  • Follow-up when necessary


  • Why does my loved one need surgery?
  • How is the surgery performed?
  • Where will the surgery be performed?
  • Are there alternatives to surgery?
  • What risks are associated with this operation?
  • What kind of anesthesia will be used?
  • What is the average recovery time?
  • How much experience do you have performing this type of surgery?


  • What costs can we expect?
  • Will my loved one’s insurance cover this test or treatment?
  • What can we do to reduce costs?

Written Instructions

  • Do you have any written information that we can take home?

Follow-Up Care

  • Is a follow-up visit necessary?
  • If so, when should we follow up?
  • If we think of questions later, how can we contact you?

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