What to ask your surgeon


I had emergency surgery, so didn’t get the chance to ask questions beforehand,these are the questions I would have asked.

  1. What is the name of the surgery I am having?
  2. Will I be able to have keyhole surgery, and if not, what will my scarring be like?
  3. How long will I be in hospital for? And will I get any support when I am home?
  4. What anaesthetic will I be given, and what pain relief ?
  5. What complications are likely to occur and what usually is done for them?
  6. Have you performed many of these types of surgery?
  7. Will I need further surgery in the future?
  8. Will this affect my fertility?
  9. Will it affect my bladder as the surgery is very close?
  10. Who do I get in touch with afterwards if I have any problems?
  11. What is the recovery time for this surgery and when will I be able       to return to work / school / the gym etc
  12. Is there anything that I won’t be able to do once I have this surgery?
  13. Is this surgery temporary or permanent?
  14. Can I have some reading materials about the stoma ? and will I have a stoma nurse to help me?
  15. Is there anything else you think I should know?