Asking Your Doctor The Right Questions For Healthy Living

Healthy living is a lifelong process. It takes a number of small steps and small life changes to get your body and your mind to where you feel they should be. However, life is full of unexpected events and, as we all know, a curveball can come at any time. Medical complications can rear their head even if you do take care of yourself. Sometimes surgery is a necessity. But, like anything health related, it is important to make sure you are well informed before the operation.

But where to start? What should you keep in mind and what should you ask the medical professional? If you are interested in breast augmentation is known to be very open to answering your questions. Here are a few pieces of advice that I found to be helpful from real doctors.

First, trust your gut. That’s what John Mendelsohn, a medical director, advised for anyone looking to have an operation. Patients should be able to trust the other person and feel confident in them. Your instincts play an important role — if you get a bad feeling when just talking before the operation, do you really want that person working on you when you’re on the table? Your doctor or surgeon should be able to answer questions and make you feel comfortable.

Speaking of comfort, a doctor should be able to clearly explain the technical aspects of the operation. Most people aren’t surgeons and didn’t go to medical school. Patients should ask about the details of the surgery and how it will go step-by-step. “As surgeons, we should always explain the technical aspects of the surgery,” explained Dr. Alejandro Badia. And the surgeon should be able to explain the procedure in everyday language. Be sure to also ask about postoperative recovery and/or possible rehab. That is something people often forget about, instead focusing only on the operation.

You should also do your research on your surgeon. Mark Khorsandi, D.O., advises patients to “ask for more information about the doctor or surgeon. Ask for details about the doctor’s experience and qualifications.” He suggests asking how many times they have done the operation or procedure. The medical professional should be forthcoming about that information. If they are not, use your gut and decide if they should be the person operating on you. Another thing Khorsandi suggests is to ask about any board certifications or memberships in surgery-based professional groups. By asking this, you’ll know if the doctor or surgeon takes the extra steps in their professional life, giving you a better picture of who they are and how they work.

Unfortunately, surgery or procedures are a necessity no matter how healthy of a lifestyle you may have. In order to have the best care for yourself, you need to be prepared and be informed. One way to do that is to have a list of topics to discuss with your physician prior to the operation. Focus on the specifics of the surgery and the next steps during postoperative care. Be sure to ask questions about them and their professional career. By having some of this information, you can make the best decisions for you and be more at ease heading into the procedure.

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