Why do I need this surgery?
What will this surgery do?
What are the risks and possible complications of this surgery?
Are there any other surgical options?
How soon would you recommend that I have this surgery?
What can I expect if I choose not to have this surgery?
What can I expect if I choose to delay this surgery?
What type of graft will you use?
How thick will my graft be?
How long should my graft last?
What are the chances that my body could reject the graft?
Will I need additional surgeries after this one?
If my own skin is used, will I have a loss of sensation in the donor area?
Where and how big will my surgical site be?
What will my scar look like?
How long will this surgery take?
Will I have any special dressings or bandages after this surgery and for how long?
What will my grafted area look like in the long-term?
What can I expect my pain to be like?
Will I have any tubes or drains put in during surgery and for how long?
Will I need physical therapy and for how long?
How long will I be in the hospital after my surgery?
How long will it be before I can get back to my normal routine?
How long will it be until I can drive again?
How long will it be until I can go back to work?
What kinds of anesthesia can I have for this procedure?
Do I need to see an anesthesiologist before my surgery?
Can you review my medication list with me?
Will I need to stop or change any of my current medications?
What tests do I need to do before surgery?
When should I stop eating and drinking before surgery?
What time should I arrive for my surgery?
Can I get directions and contact information for your clinic/hospital?
Will I need someone to drive me home from the hospital?
Preparing for surgery
How long will my surgery take?
How long will it be until I wake up?
When will my visitors be able to see me?
Do I need any medication to prevent blood clots?
Do I need any antibiotics to prevent infections?
During the procedure
How did my procedure go?
When will we stop the preventative antibiotics started before surgery?
When can we restart my usual prescription medications?
When can I have my drains or tubes removed?
When can I eat or drink?
Do I need to do breathing exercises?
How much longer do you think I need to stay in the hospital?
What needs to happen before I can be discharged?
How are we going to manage my pain?
When will I start physical therapy?
What’s the plan for today (labs, tests, procedures)?
How does my incision look?
Were any medications started or changed today?
What can my activity level be today?
Have we arranged for my prescriptions to be filled?
Are there any medications that I need to avoid?
How do I take care of my surgical site?
When can I take a shower?
When do I need to come back for a follow-up appointment?
How often do I need to go for physical therapy, if needed?
Do I have staples or sutures that need to be removed?
How long will I have to wear my dressings or bandages?
What can my activity level be when I get home?
When can I go back to work?
When can I drive again?
When can I resume sexual activity?
After the procedure
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