If you need to undergo a surgical procedure in Rhode Island, you should take the time to gather as much information as possible ahead of time. Being fully informed about all aspects of your surgery is an important step in ensuring your own safety before, during and after the surgery. WebMD recommends that you ask your doctor several key questions.
Some questions you should ask focus on who will be involved and where your surgery will take place. Get details about the hospital or outpatient surgical center. Then ask for the names and backgrounds of the nurses, anesthesiologists and other doctors or medical staff that will be on your surgical team. Once you have this information, you can even do some research on the facility and the people.
From there, you should have your doctor walk you through every aspect of your surgical preparation. Will you need to fast? Do you need special testing ahead of time? Should you take a specific medication before the surgery? Then, once you arrive on the day of your surgery, find out what to expect. What type of anesthesia will be given? How long will the surgery last? What exactly will be done during the surgery? Finally, ask what your recovery process will be like and how long you may reasonably take to be fully healed.
Reviewing the answers to these questions with the person who may help you before or after your surgery is also recommended. If you would like to learn more about how to properly prepare yourself for a safe surgery, feel free to visit the surgical errors page on our Rhode Island medical malpractice website.