General Surgery Options
When you visit your surgeon, prepare the following checklist to provide your surgeon and surgical team with necessary information about you and your orthopaedic problem.
Describe when it began, how it bothers you, and what treatments you have tried for it. List all of your past and current medical problems and how they have been treated. List diseases or health conditions that affect your family, including any problems that arose during surgery or with anesthesia. List the medications you are taking and their dosages.
Be sure to include any over-the-counter medications or diet supplements you take on a regular basis. List all medication, food and environmental allergies, such as pollen or bee stings, that you have. Tell your surgeon if you have ever had an allergic reaction such as a rash, swelling, or difficulty breathing.
In addition, there are some medications and foods that you may be sensitive to, even though you are not truly allergic to them. Include these medications and foods on your list and describe the side effects you have experienced. Bring copies of medical records, operative notes, x-rays, CT scans, MRI studies, and lab test results — especially those that relate to your orthopaedic problem. List the questions that you have about your health and your planned surgery.
Discuss these with your surgeon and surgical team. It is important that you understand the goals of your surgery, how the surgery will be done, any possible risks or complications, and the plan for your recovery.