Communication is Key

It’s normal to feel anxious before undergoing any type of surgery, especially if it’s your first time. Proper education before a surgery can help alleviate some of that anxiety.

Asking doesn’t cost anything! In fact, it has better return on your part as it gives you peace of mind, alleviates your anxiety, and helps you prepare mentally, emotionally, and physically for the procedure. This communication between surgeon and patient can also have a significant impact on progress post-operation.

Questions to Ask

Here are some of the questions you may want to ask your surgeon before your big day:

  • Where will the operation take place?
    Although many surgeries take place in hospitals, some may be performed in an outpatient facility.
  • What will happen during the surgery?
    The fear of the unknown can often be alleviated by knowing what to expect during the procedure. Ask your surgeon what type of anesthesia is being used and what you can expect during the procedure. Allow them to walk you through the process.
  • Who will be there?
    It would be helpful to know who will be part of your surgical team. In many cases, your surgical team will comprise of your surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurses, and other specialists who will care for you from start to finish.
  • What’s the recovery like?
    Knowing what you can expect during your recovery period can help you plan ahead of time. Some procedures may require you to take several days off from work and have some assistance during the first few days after the surgery.
  • How can I prepare for the procedure?
    Ask your provider if there are tests that need to be done before the procedure and if there are medicines, food, and/or drink you should avoid days before and after your surgery for best the outcome.

Premier Surgical Associates in Knoxville knows it is important to educate our patients every step of the way. Never hesitate in asking questions as it can have an impact on the outcome of your surgery. If you’re preparing to undergo a procedure at Premier and have a question for your surgical team, please call (865) 306-5775 and someone will be happy to help.

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