PreOp Patient Education
Tuesday, June 28, 2022

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  Your Procedure

Open Surgery



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Your doctor understands that all medical care benefits from close collaboration between physician and patient -- so be sure to review, with your doctor, all risks and alternatives and make sure you understand the reasons behind the recommendation for this particular procedure.

Now let's talk in detail about the procedure your doctor has recommended. That particular recommendation was based on a number of factors:

  • the state of your health,

  • the severity of your condition,

  • an assessment of alternative treatments or procedures and finally,

  • the risks associated with doing nothing at all.

And remember, the final decision is up to you. No one can force you to undergo a surgical procedure against your will.

Surgical procedures performed by making an incision large enough to expose the entire operative area are called "open" procedures.
Your doctor believes that your medical condition and overall state of health indicate that an open surgical procedure is necessary to address your medical condition.
The risks associated with this kind of outpatient surgery are minimal.
Of course, no surgery is completely risk free. But your physician believes that if you decide not to undergo the recommended procedure, you may be putting your health at risk.

Now I'd like to introduce you to another important member of the medical team -- the nurse.

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