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HEALTHCARE

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Considering Surgery?
Have you been told by your doctor that you need
surgery? If so, you're not alone. Millions of older Americans have surgery each year. For most surgeries, you
will have time to learn out about the operation, discuss
other treatments with your surgeon and decide what to
do. You may want to obtain a second opinion from another physician.
Questions to Ask
Deciding to have surgery can be difficult, but it may
be easier once you understand why you need surgery.
Talk with your surgeon about the operation. It might
help to take a member of your family or a friend with
you. Prepare a list of questions. Don't hesitate to ask the
surgeon about any concerns you might have.
For example, do the benefits of surgery outweigh the
risks? Risks may include infections, loss of blood, or a
reaction to the anesthesia. Your surgeon should be will30

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ing to answer your questions. If you don't understand
the answer, ask the surgeon to explain it more clearly.
Answers to the following questions will help you make
an informed decision about your treatment:
n What is the surgery? Do I need it immediately?
n Can another treatment be tried instead of surgery?
n How will the surgery affect my health and lifestyle?
n What kind of anesthesia will be used? What are
the side effects and risks of having anesthesia?
n Will I be in pain? How long will the pain last?
n When will I be able to go home after the surgery?
n What will the recovery be like?
n How long will it take to feel better?
n What will happen if I don't have the surgery?
n Is there anything else I should know about this
surgery?
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