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Surgery Smarts

Seek answers before undergoing surgery

(HealthDayNews) --All surgery carries risks, so it's best to know as much as you can before hopping onto an operating table.

In addition to getting a second opinion, the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality suggests you ask your physician these questions:

  • Why do I need the operation?
  • Are there alternatives to surgery?
  • How will surgery benefit me?
  • What are the risks?
  • What are the risks for not having the surgery?
  • How many of these operations have you performed before?
  • What kind of anesthesia will I need?
  • Where will the surgery be done?
  • How long will it take me to recover?
  • How much will it cost?
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