11. Go to your preoperative appointment with a family member
“That reminds your doctor you’re not a gallbladder or a bypass or a valve—you’re a person who’s part of a family.” —Marc Gillinov, MD.
12. Find out who your anaesthetist will be
“That’s just as important. Ask ‘Who’s going to be putting me to sleep?’ or ask me who I think the best anesthesiologist is. In some hospitals, you can request that person.” – General surgeon who blogs under the name Skeptical Scalpel
13. Use three different doctors, get three different answers
“Years ago, a patient sent his slides to three different pathologists and got three different answers.”
“I got very upset on hearing that. Now I never rely on just one pathology exam. If your doctor finds something, ask him to send your slides to a nationally recognised reference lab – not just one or two slides but the whole lot – and get a second interpretation.” —Bert Vorstman, MD, a prostate cancer specialist in Coral Springs, Florida.