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ILLUSTRATIONS BY PATRICK WELSH

oing in for a procedure soon? You're in good
company. About 15 million Americans have
surgery each year, from tonsillectomies
and cesarean sections to knee replacements
and heart bypasses.

Today, most people having surgery expect to head
home the same day without being admitted to the
hospital; this is called outpatient or ambulatory
surgery. With more recovery and care happening at
home, patients are playing an increasing role in the
overall success of their surgery.
"Making the patient a partner in their own procedure is exceedingly important," says John Daly, MD,
a surgeon and co-chair of the American College of
Surgeons' patient education committee. "A patient
should not just be the recipient of the operation
but should be partnering with their doctors to get
themselves better."
That means asking frank and fearless questions
of your doctor and surgeon in the weeks and days

leading up to surgery, involving the people who will
help care for you after surgery, and getting your
body in better shape to give it the best chance for a
speedy recovery.
People can sometimes be overwhelmed by the
prospect of surgery-and preoccupied with worries
about how to manage their jobs, children and lives
during recovery-and forget to ask important questions, Daly says.
The questions he hopes patients ask? "What do I
do to prepare best for surgery? What do I do afterward? How long will I be in the hospital? Is it an
outpatient procedure or an inpatient one?"
Here are some other things to know before your
procedure, no matter the type.

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