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Updated on November 20, 2010

Are you a Surgical Candidate

After spending many years working as a temporary Surgical Technologist, I have had the opportunity to not only visit hospitals around the USA but also work in numerous surgical suites. Not to mention the amount of doctors and nurses I have had the pleasure of working with. Many Americans visit their General practitioners and are diagnosed with some sort of ailment that the Doctor feels might be a Surgical Candidate. The GP refers the patient to a Surgeon, the Surgeon sees the patient and if the insurance you are carrying pays for the surgery and you fit the criteria he will schedule the operation and make the necessary arrangements.

I recommend getting a second opinion from a doctor that is not associated with the medical group you are using. Most people I have seen will not get a second opinion. Many of us will not even read up on what could be our ailment? Get on the internet and look up the surgical procedure that your doctor is recommending. I find that learning more about what your Doctor is telling you is really the best option. I hear all the objections as to why people are unable to learn about their medical conditions. This day and age there is really no excuse. We have access to the same information that most doctors do. In fact we probably have more time to research than a regular Doctor does. I find that of they are not experts in the field that most of them are highly uninformed about current treatments cures etc. Even if they are aware of a treatment sometimes they will not recommend it because of pier pressure.

So I might say that many of our Doctors do not have your best interest in mind. So take so time to research your ailment. Look for alternative treatments.

If you decide that your Doctor has your best interest in mind and you agree with the surgical procedure you are going to have,find out where you are going to have the surgery. Check into the infection rate at the hospital you are going to be having the procedure at. Also look at how many people have died at that hospital from iatrogenic causes. Meaning how many people die of the hospitals and doctors mistakes. Ask the Doctor how many operations that he has preformed and if the procedure that he has elected to do on you is his first operation of this type.

Also ask who will be helping the Doctor,many hospitals provide assistants that are far more experienced than the MDs at doing the surgery. They have countless more experience with the procedure because they work in surgery all day. Most surgeries are elective so you will have time to do your homework. Do not get caught in trusting your Doctor blindly. Take responsibility for your own body and get the facts about your doctor and the hospital that you are going to have surgery at.

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    Michelle Simtoco 

    10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

    I agree with what you have written here. It pays to ask, to inquire, research and have second, third opinion. And to be open to alternative treatments as well.

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    Ana Louis 

    10 years ago

    Very good advise. Not only should you get a second opinion concerning a recommended surgery, you should question every medication handed to you by a nurse. Ask the name of the med, what it is for, and what side effects it has. You can refuse meds that you are opposed to.

    Doctors and nurses are only human and mistakes are made every day. We must take responsibility for our own well being. I learned from experience.

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    Ricardo Nunes 

    10 years ago from Portugal

    When medicine becames just a business like "selling" surgeries, everybody has to be careful and listen to second opinions before going forward. Great advises here.

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