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When advised by a doctor to have a minor surgery, what should you do? Do you need to get a second opinion? How can you be sure the surgery is really necessary? How do you prepare for the surgery?

15 million Americans undergo surgery every year according to the American College of Surgeons.

In this article by Melinda Wenner Moyer in the New York Times, she spoke with physicians to see what they recommended as far as how to move forward and how to prepare for surgery.

The best way to navigate a surgery recommendation is to ask a lot of questions. They covered these:

  • Determine if surgery is the best option
  • Understand what to expect afterward
  • Consider getting a second opinion
  • Pick a surgeon you trust
  • Pack well on the day of your surgery

Read the article in the New York Times here: Facing Surgery? Here’s How to Prepare.


Elder law attorney, Terry Garrett, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is an Approved Guardianship Attorney. She assists people in elder law, estate and special needs planning, guardianship and settling estates. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.



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