Make sure you fully understand the procedure; don’t be afraid to ask questions. Knowing all the relevant information is part of informed clinical consent.
Before you consent to this procedure it's imperative your doctor explains the common risks and benefits, as well as those particular to your circumstances.
You should also ask about:
- The likely out-of-pocket medical expenses. Your doctor should be able to give you a breakdown of any costs you'll incur – this is known as Informed Financial Consent. Learn about the costs.
- Follow-up appointments (write down any questions or concerns you want to discuss with your doctor)
Most medication should be taken as usual, but some may interfere with the operation. Your doctor will let you know which medication (if any) you should stop. This could include:
- Aspirin (or any related products)
- Blood thinners (warfarin, heparin)
- Arthritis medication
- Pain medication
Don’t forget to mention any homeopathic or herbal remedies you’re taking, as these can have interactions and side-effects too.
Minimise your out-of-pocket costs
Ask your specialists whether they'll participate in HCF's gap arrangements.