5 Questions to Ask a Doctor About Pending Procedures
5 Questions to Ask a Doctor About
There’s no question that we want the best for ourselves and
our loved ones and this often is the driving force that pushes
us to be our own best advocates.
But when it comes to healthcare, it can feel like we as
patients are not in the driver’s seat and it can be difficult to
figure out what our own role is.
In fact, if you’re like many, you’re probably used to answering your
doctor’s questions rather than asking your own, but it doesn’t
have to be this way.
Got questions about a procedure? Ask the doctor
When it comes to medical treatments and procedures, it’s even
more important to ask questions to ensure you understand why
it’s being recommended, what the expected outcome is.
Here are some questions to ask
your doctor about pending
procedures to ensure you are
on the same page:
Why should I do it?
• It’s vital to know why a physician has ordered a serious
• Asking your doctor to explain his/her recommendation may
either calm you down or freak you out, but at least you will know.
What other options do I have?
• Sometimes there is more than one way to treat an issue.
• Finding out all the possibilities will allow you to make the most
If the doctor’s suggestion for a procedure is simply the first step in
a series of long, arduous hospital visits, you may want to think
For example, there is a line of thought that suggests early diagnosis of
prostate cancer may not always be helpful to men, because, in some
cases, detectable tumors never become serious enough to impact you
In these cases, the physical and
mental stress of subsequent tests
and surgeries to remove the non-
cancerous tumor greatly trump the
What if I do it?
• Every medical procedure, no matter how safe it seems, can have
• Having knowledge of these hazards and their effects on the
health of an elderly person will guide you in your decision.
What if I don’t do it?
There’s always a risk in procrastination, so ask the doctor what
could happen if you don’t go through with the test or procedure.
For more tips and information on being your own health
advocate, be sure to check out these helpful resources.
Or, if you have a question about care or need some assistance for a
loved one who recently had a procedure, contact our local team
any time, 24/7.
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