The team at Premier Surgical in Knoxville and Cleveland wants you to know that being nervous before a surgical procedure is very normal. One way to alleviate this is by talking to your surgeon prior to your surgery.

What to ask your surgeon
Here are some of the questions you may want to ask your surgeon:

Where will the operations take place?
Most major procedures take place in a hospital while minor minimally invasive procedures can often be done in an outpatient Surgery Center or sometimes a doctor’s office.

What will happen during the surgery?
You can ask your surgeon what to expect on the day of the procedure. He/she can walk you through the process and explain to you the techniques they’re going to use.

Who will be there?
If you’re curious who will be involved in your surgery, you can ask who will be there before, during, and after the procedure.

Depending on the type of procedure you’re having, you may have a surgeon, anesthesiologist, nurses, and ancillary health workers such as a surgery tech, in the procedure room.

What will happen before the procedure?
Your surgeon can tell you the preparation needed before your surgery. It may involve some tests, medicines to avoid, and fasting the night or morning before the procedure.

What’s the recovery like?
Ask your surgeon which activities you can and can’t do after the procedure. To plan ahead, you may also ask how much downtime you need (you may need to get some days off from work and ask someone to help you around the house).

What are the risks involved?
You can ask your surgeons about the possible risks involved in the surgery. You may also ask about the expected side effects and the ones you should report immediately to them.

It can often help to bring another person with you when you meet with your surgeon to help you retain information.

Even if you’ve prepared a list of questions to ask your surgeon, you may still end up with more questions in your head as soon as you get home. Please call your Premier Surgical office if you have additional questions or concerns. Your surgical team wants you to be prepared and understand what to expect before and after your operation.

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