Considering surgery to treat an injury or condition? A consultation with one of our experienced general surgeons is an important first step.
What does a general surgery consultation involve?
A consultation with one of our general surgeons is a chance for patients to ask questions and raise concerns about their injury or pain, and to learn about what’s involved with general surgery. It’s also an opportunity for the surgeon to talk to you in detail about your symptoms, pain, medical history, and other relevant factors, as well as tell you about what the surgery involves and expected results.
What does a general surgeon specialize in?
General surgeons are trained to be able to treat the whole body, rather than specializing in one area in particular. They are highly experienced, qualified specialists who are dedicated to restoring normal function to the part of your body that requires surgery.
What does the general surgeon want to discuss?
During the consultation, the surgeon may want to discuss the following:
Your medical history and lifestyle
The surgeon will want to discuss your complete medical history. This may include:
- Any medications you take or have taken
- Any chronic or recurring health issues
- Your general family medical history, including any history of similar problems
- Your lifestyle, such as whether or not you smoke and how active you are, as well as information relevant to your problem, including sports and fitness activities and what your work involves
The consultation lets the surgeon fully understand the extent of your injury or pain. This information will help them recommend the most appropriate way forward. It may include:
- Your main symptoms and where they are
- How long you have been experiencing these symptoms, pains and how bad they are
- Any triggers, such as activities or body movements, that make symptoms worse
Pre- and post-general surgery care
The surgeon will give you information on what to do to prepare for surgery. You will also receive information on what happens after surgery, including the recovery period, how long you will stay in our hospital, and when you can expect to be able to resume work and other activities.
Potential risks and complications
The surgeon will also go through any potential risks or complications relevant to your medical history, lifestyle, and specific surgery needs.
Why consult with a general surgeon?
Consulting with a general surgeon lets you better understand the nature of your health problems and what could be causing them, as well as what the surgery involves and why it might be required. From the surgeon’s perspective, they can better understand your needs and make sure you both have the same understanding of what’s involved and the potential outcomes, risks, and other factors.
General surgery consultation outcomes
The surgeon can offer a diagnosis during the consultation or refer you for further tests or scans. They can also recommend a course of treatment and recommended next steps, which may include a particular surgery.
Preparing for a general surgery consultation
Before the consultation, we recommend that you gather together the information the surgeon might need, think about what you want to get out of the consultation, and prepare any questions.
The surgeon will want to collect basic personal information, including name, age, and health care number, as well as the name of your family doctor if you have one, or any other health professionals you are working with. This is in case they need to discuss the surgery.
Test and scan results
Questions to ask the general surgeon
Asking questions will help you understand what general surgery involves and helps the surgeon feel confident you know what to expect. These could include:
- Specific questions relating to the nature of your condition or injury.
- Whether or not surgery is needed.
- The potential consequences of not having the surgery.
- Any risks and whether they are worth it or not.
- Expectations around short-term and long-term outcomes.
Get a general surgery consultation with Centric Health
Many men and women from across Canada and all over the world choose Centric Health Surgical Centres for general surgery consultations. Our general surgeons have years of experience and excellence in surgery and specialist consultation. They are committed to helping you to understand your options and advising you on the best course of treatment. Combined with our patient-centred philosophy, we aim to provide all our patients with a compassionate, caring, and rewarding experience.
Next steps: Book your General Surgery Consultation today
If you are ready to discuss your general surgery needs with our orthopedic surgeons, contact us to learn more and request a general surgery consultation today.