3 Questions to Ask Before Undergoing Vascular Surgery
If you have been diagnosed with a vascular disease or condition, surgery may be recommended. Some of the common reasons for vascular surgery includes peripheral vascular disease (PVD), carotid artery disease, aortic aneurysms (AAA) and atherosclerosis. While each vascular surgery may be different depending on the condition being treated, it is important to understand the benefits, possible complications and risks of your surgery. Here are three questions to ask your vascular surgeon before undergoing any kind of vascular surgery.
What will my surgery accomplish?
It is important to know what will be the benefit of having the surgery and what to expect. Your surgery may be preventive, to decrease the likelihood of a stroke or other serious issue, but it may not have any noticeable effects. Make sure you know why this surgery is important
What can happen if I choose not to have surgery?
Just because surgery is suggested, it doesn’t mean it is the only option. Ask your vascular surgeon about what will happen if you don’t have the surgery and if there are other treatment options available.
What are the risks?
You should always know the risks of surgery. Every surgery has some risks, but weighing the risks of surgery against the benefits or risks of NOT having surgery is important. It is also important to know what type of complications and side effects are possible with your surgery.
You should be informed about your health and treatment options. Take the time to become involved in your healthcare. Talk to your vascular surgeon about your condition and the surgery that is purposed for treatment so you can decide if this is the right option for you.
Posted on behalf of:
Alan Benvenisty, MD
1090 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10025