This book, written for the layperson, is intended to provide information and tips to help ensure the best, safest surgery. The surgical process is covered from choosing a surgeon to the recovery process. From the American College of Surgeons.
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Table of Contents
It's All About You 5
Choosing the Surgeon Who Is Best for You 11
What to Ask the Surgeon at the First Meeting 23
Preparing for the Operation 35
Having the Operation 49
After the Operation 63
After You Go Home 81
About the American College of Surgeons 107
Surgical Specialties 111
Surgical Specialty Organizations 113
What People are Saying About This
Along with your love and support, the greatest gift you can give a loved one or friend facing or weighing the benefits and risks of surgery is a copy of this book. With his thoughtful, clear, very accessible writing, Dr. Russell, with the American College of Surgeons, provides a wealth of informational resources that every patient can draw on. He gives excellent advice on how to ask good questions and become an informed, empowered consumer. Most importantly, he urges you, the patient, to "take control and become fully informed about your options." This book will help you do that, prepare you for the effects of surgery and how to deal with them and give you confidence as you navigate through the health care system.
—Helen Darling, president of the National Business Group on Health
Like a true professional, Dr. Russell gives surgical patients-to-be all the information and support needed to make decisions that meet their needs as only they can know them. This book is not only practical, but also highly respectful, most educational. Patients can use this book to navigate through their surgical experience while we all push for a better organized health care delivery system.
—Richard J. Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association
Every year millions of Americans face the prospect of surgery with a great deal of fear and uncertainty. Dr. Thomas Russell's book provides patients and their families with critical information on such questions like "Do I need this surgery?" to "How do I protect myself from medical errors?" and "When can I go home?" Written in clear English, the book can allow people to undergo surgery with all of the information they need to help make it a safe and successful operation.
— Margaret E. O'Kane, president, National Committee for Quality Assurance
Via this well-crafted book and other expressions of his national leadership, Thomas Russell shows remarkable empathy for patients seeking to minimize their surgical risk. His practical suggestions embed great sensitivity to the public's right to know about a surgeon's prior results, to be told when unexpected events occur, and how difficult it is for many patients to advocate for themselves. Buy this book for your parents......and be prepared to borrow it back from them.
—Arnold Milstein MD, Medical Director, Pacific Business Group on Health
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
As someone who has been through brain stem surgery, I found this book to be informational and straightforward. This is so important when you need to get good information fast at a time when you are emotional and downright scared. I think having a list of questions for my surgeon that was recommended by a surgeon would have empowered me to ask questions I was too embarrassed to ask on my own.