Do’s & Don’ts

For a happy, high quality, stress-free experience with a great outcome, take note of the following suggestions.

Do your research

The best surgeons don’t need to solicit business. Hospital web sites are advertising tools that often contain outdated or incomplete information, especially about staff and costs. Chat rooms, testimonials, patient ratings are additional sources of information found on the Internet.

Do ask about a surgeon’s fellowships or specialized training.

Does he or she regularly attend international professional meetings? How recently has she/he practiced or finished his/her trained? How many years of experience does he have in the specialty?

Make a telephone call.

Your conversation with the surgeon’s secretary will be a good indicator of the attention you’ll get later.

Take enough time.

Take advantage of the medical attention that’s available to you during recovery so that your return home is uneventful. Better to spend an extra day or two in recovery than to start traveling too soon. Your surgeon will be happy to guide you on this.

Do get everything in writing.

Before you go, know your costs, procedures, dates and times of the consultation and surgery, number of nights in the hospital and contact names and telephone numbers your family can use to reach you.