What Do You Need To Tell A Doctor Before Surgery?

You need to tell your doctor about your medical history and give him or her as full of an understanding of your current health condition as possible. You are trusting a doctor to open your body up and perform delicate surgery on you. So if you trust your doctor enough to do that, you should trust your doctor with a full accounting of your health status.

Physicians need as much information as possible to make informed decisions. Medicine works on the obtaining a full medical picture and then determining from that knowledge what the best treatment is. So you need to give your surgeon a clear picture of any previous surgeries you might have had and how those surgeries (and your recovery went). Especially if you have had a similar operations, you need to give full disclosure.

Drug Reactions and Pre-Surgery Discussions

Tell your doctor about any drugs or anaesthetics you have had a bad reaction to and have pre-surgery discussions. Tell your doctor about any drugs or medicines you are taking at present. These might not seem like they have any connection to your surgery, but if you are being put under for the surgical procedure, there is no telling how a drug might interact with the anaesthesia or how it might affect your recovery. For instance, if you are taking a blood thinner of any sort, this could produce an adverse effect when you start to bleed during surgery. This is just one of countless effects you might never consider, but a doctor might. So give full disclosure.

I’ve seen people who would go around their doctor to buy drugs off some internet source and struggle with telling their doctor about this medical infidelity. I would always err on the side of full medical disclosure, because you are not qualified to know which medicine or chemical might cause complications in a surgery. Your doctor might not like that you did an end-around, but your doctor is in your corner and wants to keep you healthy. Doctors will like even less if they open you up and you have some kind of bad reaction because they didn’t know you were taking some online drug.

Family History of Surgery Complications


If your aunt had a similar surgery and had complications with it, this might not sound all that important, but it might be. Tell your doctor about family history of surgery complications and the surgeon can determine whether it’s important. If so, the medical staff will be better prepared if you have similar complications.

This advice is even more urgent if you have had complications from a surgical procedure before. You want to give yourself the best chance to go under the knife and have no complications. They say “there is no minor surgery”. That’s how you need to approach your upcoming surgery. Give your doctor every bit of information which could possibly affect your surgery.

At the same time, your doctor needs to be forthcoming to you about what the surgery entails. This is a big trauma for medical patients and they deserve a doctor who is going to explain the surgery and answer the questions their surgical patient has. So ask your doctor any questions you might have about your surgery and be insistent that the doctor gives you answers. You are putting your life in this doctor’s hands, so it’s the least a surgeon can do, to give you straight and informed answers.