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Interview your surgeon to protect yourself against trouble

If you find that you require a surgical procedure to improve your health, you're sure to have a variety of questions and concerns. While it may not be the first thing you think about, it's critical to implement a system for finding the best surgeon.

Once you make the right decision on who will do the surgery, it's easier to proceed with a clear mind and confidence that they'll do everything in the appropriate manner.

Here are several questions you should ask a surgeon before making a final decision:

  • Is there more than one way to conduct the procedure? For example, minimally invasive surgery is becoming more and more common with each passing year. There are many benefits, including a smaller incision site, less bleeding and a shorter recovery period.
  • What are the complications I should be aware of? Every surgery, even a minor one, has potential complications. Knowing about these up front allows you to protect yourself to the best of your ability.
  • How many of these surgeries have you performed in the past? Some surgeons have many years of experience with the type of procedure you require, while others are just getting involved. An experienced surgeon is one who has experienced almost everything. This is the type of person you want in the operating room.
  • What can I do to prepare for the surgery? Work with your surgeon and their team to prepare in the appropriate manner. There are things you should and shouldn't do in the days leading up to your procedure.
  • Is there an alternative to surgery? Before you schedule your procedure, talk to your surgeon about alternate treatments. This doesn't mean you'll go down another path, but it's good to understand your options.

When you choose an experienced and knowledgeable surgeon, you'll have fewer concerns about medical malpractice and other related issues. Unfortunately, there is no way to completely protect yourself against a mistake in the operating room.

If you or a loved one is the victim of medical malpractice, turn your immediate attention to stabilizing your health. From there, you can protect your legal rights in Louisiana by seeking compensation from the negligent party.

Review our website and blog for more guidance on all aspects of a medical malpractice case.

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