PreOp Patient Education
Wednesday, April 01, 2020

  Your Body
  Medical Record
  Before Surgery
  Your Procedure




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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.

Because Cystoscopy is a diagnostic procedure, there are few alternatives to the procedure.
Most likely, you're feeling some anxiety about this procedure and that is perfectly understandable.
You should realize that it's natural to feel apprehensive about any kind of diagnostic or exploratory procedure, especially one that screens for cancer. In some cases, the patient will choose not to have a Cystoscopy simply out of fear. But ignoring a medical problem won't make it go away.
If you're feeling anxious, try to remember that the purpose of a Cystoscopy is simply to find out what is going on in your body -- so that if you do have a serious problem, it can be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible.
If you should decide not to allow your doctor to perform the procedure, you'll be leaving yourself at risk for serious medical problems.
The bottom line -- trust that your doctor has recommended this procedure for your benefit. Don't be afraid to ask questions raised by this presentation and to talk openly about your concerns.

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

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