Questions to ask your doctor

Before you have a traumatic operation, please ask your doctor these questions

  • Is surgery recommended?
  • If surgery is recommended, what kind?
  • How big is the opening? Are stitches ever used?
  • Is general anesthetic used or can the surgery be done with local/IV?
  • Is bone/joint removed during the opening process of the operation?
  • Is Surgery outpatient?
  • How long is rehab?
  • Expected return to work date.
  • If you consult with a medical group, ask for the name of the doctor who will treat you and for his credentials. Then check these credentials on the medical licensing web site.