Before consenting to a surgical procedure, you have the right to ask as many questions as needed to make yourself comfortable with the procedure and its justification. Though you should feel free to ask any question that comes to mind, here are three of the most important.
1. What is your experience with this procedure?
You deserve a qualified surgeon who is confident performing your operation, so don’t be afraid to ask how many of these procedures he or she has performed in the past. Surgery is a serious medical event, and you need to feel comfortable that your doctor is skilled and experienced enough to ensure a successful operation and optimal results.
2. Why do I need this surgery?
Ask your doctor exactly why you need the surgery, what symptoms or illnesses it will correct, and how. Additionally, you can ask about how necessary the operation is and what happens if you don’t have it or if you don’t have it immediately. As a patient, it is up to you to be informed about all your options and the consequences of your decisions.
3. What does the surgery involve?
When discussing your operation with your doctor, find out the basic principles of how it will be accomplished. Find out where the surgery will be performed. Years ago, almost all surgeries were performed on an inpatient basis in a hospital, but that is no longer always the case. Many surgeries are performed in outpatient facilities, allowing you to return home that same day.
Additionally, ask about the kind of anesthesia that will be used and the potential side effects of the anesthesia. With this information, you’ll know what to expect on the day of your surgery.
When you’re having surgery, you must trust that the doctors, nurses, and other professionals will perform their duties. However, medical mistakes and malpractice are common and can have serious consequences. If you think you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, please contact the Rich Firm at 1-888- RICH-LAW (742-4529) to speak to one of the attorneys at The Rich Firm, PC in Washington DC