While we would love to think that all doctors would provide us with the best care possible, there are times when their care and treatment falls below acceptable standards. In other words, they are negligent. And one of the most frequent types of negligence involves surgical errors.
One of the most effective things you can do as a patient to protect yourself is to ensure you know what to expect at every step of the process. This means asking the right questions before the surgery takes place and getting answers so that you’re comfortable with your decision to have the surgery.
The top 5 things you want to ask your doctor before surgery:
- What kind of surgery are you going to be performing?
- What are the risks of having the surgery?
- What are the alternatives to having surgery?
- Should I get a second opinion?
- What is your experience performing this surgery?
If you suffer harm due to medical errors, give our firm a call at (219) 212-2462.
What Kind of Surgery are You Going to be Performing?
You should have a clear understanding of what surgical procedure you are going to receive. Your doctor should provide you information regarding the steps involved and provide examples for any concerns or questions you may have.
You may also consider asking if there are other methods for the surgery to be performed and why the doctor is partial to this specific method.
What are the Risks of Having the Surgery?
Any surgery carries risks. As a patient, you are entitled to know what those risks are so that you can make an informed and educated decision about whether to have the surgery.
You should also be aware of the medical steps that need to be taken if you actually have a complication.
What are the Alternatives to the Surgery?
If you’re concerned about the surgery the doctor is proposing, you can ask if there are any alternatives that can help your medical condition. Some alternatives may be considered safer, and it’s vital that you recognize all your options before getting the procedure done.
Should I Get a Second Opinion?
When the doctor is unwilling to help you in your situation, you may look towards another medical professional for a second opinion. You can ask your healthcare provider for a list of other doctors who have experience with your condition, as well as the procedure, so you get a better idea of what options you have.
What is Your Experience Performing this Surgery?
As with any situation, whenever you have a doctor performing a specialized procedure on you, it’s essential to know how experienced they are. You want to know how many of the surgeries has the doctor performed. How many and what kind of complications have they had? If you’re concerned about their lack of experience with the procedure, you must make it clear to them and discuss your options.
At Theodoros & Rooth, P.C., we’re working to keep our community safe. While we’re aware there are capable and safe doctors, we also know that there are some medical professionals who are unethical, dishonest, and oftentimes dangerous. Whenever a doctor causes you harm, you should recognize your legal rights to hold them accountable.
Our Northwest Indiana medical malpractice attorneys have a strong history representing the rights of those who suffer injuries due to negligence. We’ll be there for you every step of the way to help you understand your options moving forward. Let us be your voice in this difficult time.
Call our firm today at (219) 212-2462 to speak with a legal professional about your rights and options. We offer free consultations, so schedule yours today.