Questions About Surgery

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General Questions

  1. What is the name of the surgical procedure?
  2. Why do I need surgery?
  3. How soon should surgery take place?
  4. What might happen if I delay or avoid the surgery?
  5. Will you explain the surgery in simple terms?
  6. How much of my lung(s) do you anticipate will need to be removed?
  7. What are the risks and benefits of this surgery? What results should I expect from the surgery?
  8. Are there any treatments I can have before surgery to shrink the tumor?
  9. Are there any nonsurgical options?
  10. Are there any less invasive surgery options?
  11. What is the next step if this surgery doesn’t work?
  12. How much does the surgery cost? How can I find out?

About the Procedure

  1. What should I do to prepare?
  2. How is the surgery done?
  3. How long will the surgery take?
  4. What kind of anesthesia will be used (general, local, or regional)?
  5. Will I have drains, catheters, or intravenous lines?
  6. Is there a possibility that I will need a blood transfusion, and if so, can I bank my own blood before surgery?
  7. How successful is this procedure?
  8. What are the risks associated with this surgery?
  9. How much experience do you have with this procedure?
  10. Has the procedure been done often in this hospital or surgery center?

About Post-Surgery

  1. How long will I have to remain in the hospital?
  2. How will I feel after surgery?
  3. How much pain is there after this type of surgery? How is it treated?
  4. How long will it take for me to recuperate?

About What to Expect When You Get Home

  1. What kind of care will I need at home? Are there any activity limitations?
  2. How soon can I eat a regular meal?
  3. How long will it be until I can resume normal activities?
  4. What symptoms should I watch for and report?
  5. Will I need other types of treatment after surgery?
  6. How long will it be until I can safely receive other necessary treatments?
  7. Are there alternatives to this treatment?


  1. Ask for other information about the surgery.
  2. Ask about a second opinion.
  3. Ask how much the surgery will cost and if there are ways to reduce the costs.
  4. State any concerns you have about having the surgery.