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Old 09-19-2011, 05:13 PM   #3
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Re: How to talk so the surgeon will listen?

My advice would be to do your research and have a list of written questions to ask. Also, get more than one opinion if you can. Remember he/she works for you! You not only need someone who knows their stuff, but someone you can talk to/understand. Don't be afraid to ask questions to clarify what they mean. Sometimes they may not realize they are throwing in jargon, going to fast or saying unfamiliar terms at you. Call them on it! Make them explain everything if you need it. Don't make any decisions until you feel like you thoroughly understand.

Also, give them the best feedback you can about how and where it hurts you. Maybe compare what you could do before your injury to what you are limited to now. Don't be dramatic but be factual and clear in your delivery.

Best of luck to you!
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