Questions to Ask Your Doctor When You Are Admitted to the Hospital %

The Doctor Weighs In
5 min readMar 12, 2019

By: Vlad Dzhashi, M.D.

Medically reviewed by Patricia Salber, MD, MBA

Updated on April 3, 2021

Being admitted to the hospital is a stressful situation. Here are some questions to ask so that you will be better prepared and less anxious.

Knowing what to ask your doctor when you are admitted to the hospital can make it less scary and confusing. (Photo source: iStock)

No one wants to go to the hospital, but there are times in our lives where it might be unavoidable. Whether you need to have surgery or you suddenly get sick and need to go to the hospital, it’s a stressful situation. However, if you ask your doctor the right questions when you are admitted, you’ll feel less anxious and be more prepared for a hospital stay however long.

Questions you should ask the doctor when you are admitted:

1. What are the treatment options for my condition?

Some conditions or injuries can be treated only surgically but others may be cured with just medication alone. Make sure you ask your doctor about all the treatment options available as well as their pros and cons. There may be one or multiple possible approaches to treat the same disease. Knowing what they are will help put things in perspective. It will also be easier for you to make an informed decision.

2. How often have you performed this procedure?

Getting the news you’ll need surgery can be scary. That’s why you should ask your hospital doctors how often the operation is done at that hospital. It is equally important to ask how often they themselves perform the procedure. The more experienced your doctors are, the better outcome you may expect.

You might also want to ask about the following:

  • What risks are involved with the procedure?
  • What will happen if you don’t get the surgery?
  • How long the recovery period will be?

That last one is so important because it could mean an extended stay in the hospital for longer than you’re planning. Depending on the acuity of your condition, you may be able to schedule your surgery at a time with a prolonged stay that is more…

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