If I had it to do over, I would be much more assertive and much less trusting. I didn’t ask my surgeon how successful he had been, what his strengths were, his failures, and so forth. If I had it to do over, I would use all the strategies I know how to use when buying things like cars, toasters, houses and etc.

I would ask questions like:

How many of these surgeries have you done?

How do you define success?

How many of your patients maintained their ability to have erections?

How many became incontinent?

Why does it take so long to schedule treatment when we are told our cancer is aggressive?

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  1. One of the problems with the present medical community is time, or rather, a lack of time that doctors spend with patients. We are expected not to question their authority or competence and to have compete and utter faith in them. We are often stunned with the news that they deliver, to the point of being unable to even formulate important questions. Once we process the (bad) news, we may be unable to pick up the phone or book another appointment, to ask for more information or ask the important questions that you wish that you had asked. This is not to say that doctors are unfeeling or uncaring, but there is something wrong with the system that does not allow a patient the opportunity to ask these important questions. But, it may be that doctors ARE more available than we think they are, and patients are intimidated or think that they are less available than they really are.

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