A patient's pre-surgery checklist



Going under the knife is a nerve-wracking experience no matter how minor the procedure.  And surgical patients are justified in their unease.

Studies cited by the Canadian Patient Safety Institute found that more than half of hospital patient safety incidents can be attributed to surgical treatment and care. 

In the weeks or days leading up to surgery, get informed about the procedure and its risks. Find out who will be performing the procedure and look into them. Write down any questions you have before meeting with your doctor or surgeon and feel free to have a patient advocate or family member attend with you. 

Ask questions about possible side effects, common complications, and the experience of the person performing the procedure. Take notes during your meetings with medical staff and ask for any reading materials they might suggest on the topic. If you're really not sure surgery is the right choice for you, ask about getting a second opinion.

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