Most patients want to go for an informed surgery wherein they hold individual knowledge of all the factors that affect the surgery or the reasons that will help the surgery cure him.
In short, making a completely informed decision is the best way to go about deciding whether you want a surgery to be conducted on you or your dear one or not. Here are the main technical details of ensuring that you make a completely informed decision.
Ask the Right Questions:
Learning about the details of the surgery is important for everyone related to the patient. Why it is being prescribed and how it will help in treating the medical condition of the patient, are there any alternatives and what kind of anaesthesia will be used in the surgery; these are questions that should be known to you if you are opting for the surgery.
Further on, understand the risk factors of the surgery and chances of complications in and after it. Check on the surgeon’s work history and see if he has prior experience in the type of procedure he will conduct on you. These basics will always help you understand and decide which path you want to take.
Decide Any Watchful Waiting Period
Watchful waiting is that period of time when you can decide to watch the progression or the regression of the disease. Often prescribed prior to a surgery, watchful waiting helps surgeons and patients decide which surgical treatment to take recourse in. The changes in the disease, reactions to different medications and often the final decision whether to go or not for the surgery are decided during this watchful waiting period. It becomes exceedingly easy to predict the outcome of the surgery when such an approach is adopted.
In most cases, patients opt for the surgery after this period. In rare cases, patient may opt out of the surgery if the disease condition improves after suitable therapy or medication.
Choose To Sign the Inform Consent Form
This is an important decision prior to a surgery and may help you decide whether or not you want to go for it in the first place. The inform consent form is your agreement of entering details of your surgery in clinical trials list. Many clinical studies are conducted in hospitals where surgeries take place in regular numbers.
Not all patients are eligible for clinical trials and those found suitable are approached to sign this form.
Before signing this form however, you must check the amount of experience that the surgeon holds, the risk of opting for the surgical procedure and the details of the procedure and methods to be applied on you before signing this form. Even after signing the form if you wish to change your decision, you can do so.
Thus, signing the inform consent form is a crucial step in understanding your surgery and how important it is to clinical data. Remember, any crucial breakthrough during the surgery will go on record and if found to be useful and important, will lead to reference to your case study in journals and medical records.