Thursday, September 15, 2016

About Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

What is the disease (condition)?
What is the cause of my disease (condition)?
Am I suffering from more than one disease (condition) that could be causing my problem?
How serious is my disease (condition) and how will it affect my personal and work life?
What symptoms should I watch for?
What tests can be done to diagnose my problem?
How safe and accurate are the tests?
Will these tests be beneficial?
When will I know the test’s results?
Will I need more medical tests?
Do I need a follow-up visit and if so, when?
Do I need to take precautions to avoid infecting others?
How is the disease or condition treated?
What are my treatment options?
How effective is my treatment option?
What are risks (side-effects) of my treatment option?
If my symptoms get worse, what can I do?
When should I contact you?

If You Need Surgery
Why am I a candidate for the surgery?
What surgical procedure do you advise for me?
Is there more than one way to perform this surgery?
What will be the cost of the surgery?
Is surgery really beneficial in my case?
What if I do not have this surgery – Are there any other alternatives?
What are the risks associated with the surgery?
Can I get a second opinion?
What is the duration of complete recovery?
What are the post-operative risks involved?
How long will it take me to recover?
How long will I be in the hospital?
What are your qualifications?
How many such procedures have you performed earlier?

All the above questions may or may not relate to you, depending upon the disease (condition) you may undergo.

Soon after your doctor decides Surgery or Procedure for you, you need to be admitted to the hospital. The first step is to obtain clearance from the Help Desk. You will be asked to signify your acceptance of the estimated tariff to cover your treatment and stay in the hospital. After this step is completed, you will be given a date for admission as well as pre-operative instructions.

As you prepare for your hospital visit, here is a checklist to help you be more prepared.

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