Questions to Ask Your Orthopedic Surgeon Before Surgery

Questions to Ask Your Orthopedic Surgeon Before Surgery

For Patients, Medical, Orthopedic/Spine, Uncategorized
Questions to Ask Your Orthopedic Surgeon Before Surgery Going to a surgeon can be an intimidating process. You may feel a bit vulnerable putting yourself in their hands, especially when you don't know the surgeon well or don't feel well informed about your different treatment options. Below are a list of questions that you can ask your orthopedic surgeon to make sure that you are getting the best surgeon, understanding your condition, and selecting the right treatment option. About the Surgeon How long have you been in practice? Are you board certified? Have you seen this condition before? How many times have you performed the recommended procedure? Will there be other physicians assisting you in the operation? Are they board certified? Where can I get a second opinion? About your…
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Relieving Patient Preoperative Anxiety as a Surgeon

Relieving Patient Preoperative Anxiety as a Surgeon

For Surgeons, Uncategorized
Relieving Patient Preoperative Anxiety as a Surgeon Those of us who work in healthcare marvel at the low complication rates and rapid speed of today’s outpatient surgery procedures. But for patients, who are less familiar with what goes on beyond the clinic room, the word “surgery” can induce a lot of anxiety. In fact, research shows that over two thirds of patients experience preoperative anxiety. As a surgeon, here are a few strategies for helping patients overcome that anxiety and prepare for their operation: Help patients regain a sense of control. Patients generally don't have your level of medical training and are deferring to you about their options even when they make the final choice. During a period of pain or illness, which may have already caused them to feel a…
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