A Few Things To Know About Outpatient Surgery.. Before You Go

outpatient surgeryElecting to have surgery is a big decision, and can sometimes be an overwhelming one. However, there are some simple rules you can follow to help make surgery a positive experience, and to aid in the decision making process.

Surgical procedures are never to be taken lightly, so it is wise to do your research before selecting a facility. Here, we provide 8 tips to get you started.

How To Choose the Best Surgical Facility

1. Visit the facility before you elect to go there. Talk to some of the staff. Check out the cleanliness and friendliness of the office. Look at the cleanliness of the bathrooms. This is a big indicator of the overall upkeep of the facility. People overlook this step often, but it’s very important.

2. Ask for a second (or third) opinion about the operation you are having. Know what to expect. The morning after is not usually pleasant, so be prepared for it.

3. Consider the distance. It may sound minor, but it isn’t. Surgeries are very often early in the morning, even 5 AM or earlier. Nothing can be more aggravating before or particularly AFTER a surgery than driving an extreme distance. Anything over an hour should be considered as a factor in the decision making process.

4. Choosing the right surgeon is very important. You should feel a rapport with your surgeon and feel comfortable with him/ her. If you are not comfortable, don’t be afraid to ask for someone else.

5. Specialists are the best-ialists! Pick a doctor that specializes in your type of surgery. They are usually the best at it. If you are having knee replacement surgery, for example, the doctor that does mainly knee replacements is going to do the best work.

6. . Don’t be afraid to ask for references. Hearing success stories from other patients can help put your mind at ease.  Search for instances or occurrences of your surgeons reviews online. Chances are if there are some negative attributes or people who found the experience to be unsatisfactory, there will be some mention and information about it online.

7. Voice your concern. If you have questions or concerns about the procedure make them known up front. Make sure that your questions are answered and that you are confident that the doctor understands what your concerns are beforehand. You don’t want any miscommunication with the surgeon on the procedure and possible outcomes.

8. Don’t let money be the determining factor, (if possible). This is a huge decision and the benefits of picking the right surgeon and facility outweigh saving a few dollars. Of course we are all on a budget, so pay attention to what costs may seem exorbitant.

Finally, make sure you are having the operation for the right reasons and that you can live with the possible outcomes. In some cases the outcome isn’t always what you hope for so be prepared for that. If you do decide that the surgery is the right thing to do, following these rules will make the process a more pleasant and comfortable experience.

About the Author

Megan Morris is a freelance writer specializing in medical reporting.  More of what she’s published in the healthcare arena can be found at Top 10 Best Online Healthcare Administration Degree Programs.