Surgery often is necessary and could save your life. But any time a doctor performs an invasive procedure, there also are risks that need to be considered.
Patients should understand why they need a recommended surgery and carefully weigh the risks and benefits before deciding whether to undergo the procedure.
Dr. Paul Ruggieri, a surgeon and author of “The Cost of Cutting,” explains that some of his patients are uncertain why they were referred to his office by their primary care physician.
“Sitting in a surgeon’s office, you should know why you’re there,” he says. “If you know what your problem is going in, you’ll know what the answers are going out. That way you can talk to your surgeon.”
Dr. Ruggieri shares five questions you should ask your doctor before you have surgery: