This article, entitled "Questions You Should Ask Before Having Surgery," comes from Rachel Phillips, MomsEveryday correspondent from Wichita, KS.
The realization that you or your child may need surgery is stressful and overwhelming. Before you go under the knife, here are some questions you should ask your physician.
First, and most importantly, do you really need the surgery? Find out if it's medically necessary and if there are alternatives. Weigh the risks and benefits.
Ask about the hospital's and operating surgeon's experience with your type of surgery.
Find out how to prepare for the operation, physically and emotionally. You may need to enlist the help of family and friends.
Ask your doctor what your anesthesia options are - you may have several.
Lastly, find out what the recovery will be like as well as any possible complications you might expect.