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Planning for surgery - 3 questions you must ask

Having choices in health care is important, especially when it comes to surgery. No matter what type of procedure, each person has unique wants and needs. To have the best surgery possible, it's smart to ask questions and always make an informed choice.

Akron General, located in Akron, Ohio, can help give you the information you need to make an empowered decision regarding your surgery needs. Here are some important things to consider when researching hospitals and doctors for your upcoming surgery:

1. Does your health care facility provide robotic or minimally invasive surgery options that could be appropriate for your procedure?

Robotic and minimally invasive surgical options can be a great choice. These types of surgeries often mean fewer incisions, less post-operative pain, shorter hospital stays, fewer scars and sometimes a faster recovery.

For example, surgeons at Akron General performed the first single-incision, also called single-port laparoscopic surgery in Summit County to remove a gallbladder. Because the surgery requires just one incision through the navel, or belly button, it is virtually scar-free. This is now an option for surgery to remove the gallbladder, appendix and sometimes hernia repairs.

2. Do you get to meet with the surgical team, including the anesthesiologist?

You should trust your entire surgical team, and the best way to gain that trust is to meet the people who will be caring for you, before, during and after the surgery. Surgery patients meet with their anesthesiologist prior to surgery to talk about anesthesia as well as what to expect after surgery. This can be a comfort knowing your pain will be managed in the best possible way for your unique needs.

3. What is the follow-up care after the surgery?

The care you receive after your surgery can be just as important to the success of the operation as the procedure itself. Make sure you understand what you can and cannot do after the surgery and how you can manage your pain. At Akron General, the nurse assigned to you will be in close touch during your recovery in the hospital and, depending on your procedure, may even follow up with a phone call to you at home to ensure the best recovery possible.

Rest assured that in selecting Akron General you will have a better overall surgery experience and the expert care you need. To find an Akron General surgeon, please visit www.akrongeneral.org and click on "Find a Doctor."

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