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Tips for Communicating

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It is important to communicate your feelings, questions, and concerns with your doctor prior to having surgery. The following suggestions may help to improve communication between you and your doctor:
  • If you do not understand your doctor's responses, ask questions until you do.
  • Take notes, or ask a family member or friend to accompany you and take notes for you.
  • Ask your doctor to write down his or her instructions, if necessary.
  • Ask your doctor where you can find printed material about your condition. Many doctors have this information in their offices.
  • If you still have questions, ask the doctor where you can go for more information.
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