Make sure you fully understand the planned procedure; don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Knowing all the relevant information is part of informed clinical consent. Your doctor will ask you to sign a consent form.
You should also ask about:
- What are the success rates and potential side-effects of my treatment?
- The likely out-of-pocket medical expenses. (Your doctor should be able to give you a breakdown of any costs you will incur – this is known as Informed Financial Consent.)
- 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 procedure. 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.