This booklet was developed by the Agency for Healthcare
Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. AHRQ works
to improve health care quality, prevent medical errors, and
assess what happens to people as a result of the care they
Having Surgery? What You Need to Know is for patients who
are facing surgery that is not an emergency. Some of the
questions in this booklet may help you and your family
understand more about your surgery, whether it has to be
done right away or can be done later. Your doctor or nurse
also can help you understand what is being done and why.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions!