A Patient's Guide to Surgery

A Patient's Guide to Surgery

A Patient's Guide to Surgery

A Patient's Guide to Surgery

Synopsis

"In a Patient's Guide to Surgery," Dr. Edward L. Bradley III explains all you need to know to prepare yourself for the surgical experience. This book describes how you can actively participate in the decision-making process and, as a result, improve your chances for successful surgery and recovery. "A Patient's Guide to Surgery" also lists specific questions you should consider when evaluating a doctor, a hospital, or a prepaid health plan.

Excerpt

This book is written for all surgical patients -- past, present, and future. If you are like most people who learn they need surgery for the first time, you are unprepared for the experience and frightened about "going under the knife." Our intention is not only to help you prepare for the experience and assuage some of your fears but also to improve your chances for a successful outcome and enable you to recover more swiftly.

These goals can best be achieved by giving you the information you need to actively participate in all the important decisions required for a favorable surgical experience. If you don't take an active role in the surgical process, others will make the decisions that may be of critical importance to you. Although these decisions will be . . .

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