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What questions should I ask if Dr. Gallina recommends surgery? — FAQs

Questions about the surgical procedure?

  • What is this procedure being recommended?
  • Are there alternatives?
  • What are the benefits of this procedure in terms of pain relief, functioning/mobility?
  • How long will the benefit last?
  • What are the risks involved?
  • Are there any written materials or videotapes about this surgery that I can review?
  • What is the success rate for this procedure?
  • What is the procedure called?
  • How is it done?
  • Will the surgery need to be repeated after a certain amount of time?
  • How many of these procedures are annually performed at this hospital?
  • What percentage of patients improve following the procedure?
  • What will happen if I don’t have the surgery now?
  • If I want a second opinion, whom can I consult?
  • Will you perform the operation or someone else?
  • If someone else, when can I meet him or her?
  • How many similar procedures have been done by you or the recommended doctor?
  • What are the outcomes and will I need any test or medical evaluations prior to the surgery?
  • What kind of anesthesia will be used?
  • Will I meet with the anesthesiologist in advance?
  • Will he or she know my needs/allergies?
  • Will I have pain following the procedure?
  • What pain relief or pain control measures will I be given?

After the surgery, what do I need to know?

  • How long will the recovery take?
  • What are my limitations during recovery?
  • Will I need assistance at home afterwards? For how long?
  • What will discharge instructions be?
  • Will I have any disability following surgery?
  • Will I need physical therapy?

Will my activities be limited?

  • When can I return to work?
  • When can I drive my car?
  • When can I have sexual activity?
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