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Patient Directives

Having an operation can be overwhelming. There are many things to consider before going in for surgery. The health care team may provide you with specific information related to the operation you are having. Review this material as it may help you understand what to expect from the procedure. Another topic to consider discussing with your surgeon are the costs related to the procedure. You may be referred to a social worker or a financial counselor to discuss the costs and payment options. Care provider details will also need to be discussed and confirmed. During this discussion, it may be helpful to go over advance directives and your living will options. They may not be needed for the procedure, but will help you establish them for yourself and your family.


Patient Directives Checklist

ACS Patient Education Materials