There are often times many things we do without reading the fine print. We are all guilty of signing documents without pouring over every word, but, it is important to ask your doctor before any procedure as many questions as you can. There are no “dumb” questions. By asking questions, you are educating yourself on the procedure and what to expect, as well as getting realistic expectations. Talking with your doctor can also make you feel more comfortable and take the fear of the unknown out before you actually have any procedure. There are some important questions everyone should ask before a procedure though. Questions that can vet out bad doctors from good ones, as well as important safety questions.
Some questions you should ask:
Where did you go to school?
How long have you been practicing?
Where did you get you ____ certification/s?
How many of ____ procedures have you performed?
Am I a good candidate for this procedure, and why?
How long will the ____ procedure take?
How long is my recovery period going to be?
Is there anything important I should know to avoid or do?
What if there are complications?
And, do you have before and after photos I can use as a reference to see your work?
Asking these questions will not only help you, but they will show your doctor that you have done your research and you are exploring all of your options before you commit to anything. This is important, because you have to remember, you are hiring the doctor to perform a service for you, you should be aware of everything that entails, as well as have a realistic expectation for the results you wish to achieve. Never feel intimidated by your doctor, they are there to help you and want you to feel as comfortable as possible about anything you choose to have done. Remember, ask lots of questions, do your research on doctors, and have realistic expectations. Procedures don’t have to be avoided because of fear!