(HealthDay News) -- When you're scheduled for a procedure at the doctor's office or hospital, make sure you play an active role in preserving your health.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers these suggestions for becoming a smarter patient:
- Don't be afraid to ask questions or tell your doctor you need more information.
- Share with your doctor your complete medical history, including family history and any prior illnesses, surgeries, allergies or reactions.
- Keep with you a comprehensive list of all current medications (both over the counter and prescription), supplements and vitamins.
- Talk to your doctor about learning more about your condition.