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Health Tip :Preparing for Surgery

(HealthDay News) -- To prepare for a visit with your surgeon before an operation, it helps to have a list of questions and concerns ready.

The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests what to ask:

  • What is the success rate of the operation? How many of these operations have you done successfully?

  • What problems may occur with this surgery? What kind of pain or discomfort can I expect?

  • What kind of anesthesia will I have? Are there any risks associated with its use in older people?

  • Will I have to stay in the hospital overnight?

  • How long is recovery expected to take? What does it involve?

  • When can I get back to my normal routine?

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