The Healthcare Blue Book is also a great tool to get a sense of how much your surgery should cost.
5. How long will it take to recover?
Recovery time depends on a number of factors such as age, health and type of procedure.
Certain equipment, tools and medication may be necessary as you recuperate. Knowing ahead of time which you will need after the procedure will help speed up your recovery.
Other tips & tools
• There's never such thing as too many questions. Ask your doctor everything that's on your mind until you feel that you understand what will happen during the procedure.
• Read up on your surgery. A good resource is Surgical Patient Education for a Better Recovery, a website set up by the American College of Surgeons' Division of Education. Or just ask your doctor for any printed information that might help.
• When talking to your physician, take notes or bring a friend or family member to do it for you.