It's the end of the year, your deductible is met and it's time to have that procedure you have been putting off. The struggle is real. You need surgery, the office is packed, the surgeon may seem rushed, you don't know if this is the right surgeon or if you should even do it. My advice is to come prepared for your appointment. Know your problem and be concise in explaining to the doctor. Write down your questions ahead of time and bring them with you. Bring a friend or relative to listen to the appointment if appropriate. It doesn't have to be a struggle.
Here are the top questions you should ask your surgeon when contemplating an elective procedure.
In summary, be prepared and concise. Have your questions written down and don't be shy about asking. I love when the patient turns in the list to my nurse, so I am prepared to answer everything that they are concerned about. This is especially helpful if you sense the office is particularly busy or running behind.