Preparing for your Consultation
In the internet era we are all bombarded with information . Long gone are the days of visiting a doctor to get initial information about a procedure. Usually when patients ,first think about a procedure, perform an internet search for the surgery and for the doctors as well. Still all patients feel nervous at the initial visit. You have a lot of questions, a lot of grey areas but also a lot of confusing information sometimes conflicting also.
One important issue that you must address beforehand is your motivation. Focus on why you want this surgery. Are you doing this for yourself? If not don’t go any further. What are my expectations from the procedure? If all this is clear for you then you can go ahead with your doctor visit.
Write down whatever questions you have
The first thing to do before you meet an expert is write down whatever questions you have. There is no “wrong” or “stupid” question. When you visit live or virtually (Skype) your doctor its a great opportunity to answer everything. Sometimes patients come with a set up plan in their minds either from their internet research or from other doctor visits. I know it’s difficult to do but you have to clear your head and listen to your doctor.
Choosing a doctor should not be based on price, media recognition or posh looks. It should only be based on trust. This is the only element that will get you through after surgery until final result settles.
Getting someone to attend the meeting with you is a good idea. Research has shown that during a consultation patients retain about half of the information provided so having someone by your side is useful. Every decision about surgery should be yours though. Your companion can express opinion but the final decision should be based solely on two things. Your wishes and the limitations of surgery.
The first is set by you and the second by me. If the two totally conflict its other the choosing somebody else to be your doctor or me choosing not to operate on you is the best thing for both of us long term.
To summarize think what you want, do your research and come open minded in our consultation.