How Can I Make Sure I Have A Safe Time With My Surgeon: By Dr. Jon Kiev

When you go in for surgery, your surgeon should be the last thing on your mind. You want to know that you’re in good hands and that everything is going to be fine. But how can you be sure? Before your appointment, make sure that you ask the right questions and get all of the information that you need so that when it comes time for surgery (and afterwards), all of your worries will melt away.

Be Sure Your Surgeon Has Proper Insurance Coverage In Case Of An Emergency

If you’re going to the hospital, make sure your surgeon has proper insurance coverage in case of an emergency, says Dr. Jon Kiev. If he or she is not covered by your health insurance (or if there is a high deductible), then it may be best to find another surgeon.

If you are having surgery overseas, check with your insurer beforehand to see if they will cover any expenses related to the procedure or follow-up care.

What Questions Should I Ask My Surgeon Before Surgery?

  • How many surgeries have you performed?
  • Are you board certified?
  • Have you been sued for malpractice? If so, what was the outcome of the case?
  • Do you belong to any professional organizations and how do they rank surgeons in their field (e.g., American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery)?

Is There A Way To Get A Second Opinion?

It’s normal to want reassurance that you are in good hands with your surgeon. You can ask your surgeon for a referral to another surgeon, or even call around yourself and ask other surgeons if they have experience with the type of surgery you’re having.

If none of these options work for you, it may be time for a second opinion from another doctor–but keep in mind that getting a second opinion doesn’t always mean that the first doctor was wrong, says Dr. Jon Kiev! If a patient comes into office with an existing diagnosis from another doctor and asks if what I think about their treatment plan and whether or not they should go through with it, I always say yes unless there are obvious red flags present (for example: if someone has been diagnosed with cancer without undergoing any testing). Even then though, I would still recommend following up before making any final decisions about treatment options or procedures because sometimes things aren’t clear until we see them under our own microscope

When Should I See My Surgeon Before The Surgery Date?

If you have questions about your surgery, it’s best to ask them before the date.

You can ask your surgeon:

  • What are the risks and benefits of this procedure?
  • How long will I need to be in recovery after my surgery?
  • What kind of anesthesia will be used during my procedure, and what are its risks and benefits?
  • How much does this surgery cost (in total)?