From same-day ophthalmologic procedures, gall bladder extraction and hernia repair, to critical inpatient procedures, trauma surgery and transplantation, more than 15 million Americans have surgery every year. Most operations are not emergencies and are considered elective surgery. This means there is usually enough time to learn about an operation to be sure it is the best treatment.
A primary care doctor will likely first suggest surgery and then make a referral to a surgeon. It is important to be active in your healthcare. Ask questions. If you do not understand the answers, ask the doctor to explain them clearly. Bring a trusted friend or relative along to help you talk with the doctor or take notes. Get a second opinion, if necessary. Research shows that patients who are well informed about a particular treatment are more satisfied with the results.
To provide the most accurate evaluation, our surgeons use state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques to diagnose and treat patients. And, whenever possible, surgery is performed using minimally-invasive techniques, which results in faster and easier recovery times for patients.