Patient's Role - Understanding your Responsibilities
You are the only one who can decide which treatment
is best for you. It is important that you recognise
that you have a responsibility to participate in, and
take ownership of, any decisions involving your health
care. You will be asked to make the final decision about
what is best for you, so ask questions about anything
you do not understand.
Your family and close friends are
an important part of the collaborative process. We encourage
you to include them in any education sessions we provide
concerning your condition. If you choose to have surgery,
we will make every effort to keep family members informed
of your progress and to involve them in your recovery
Deciding which treatment option is best for you involves
weighing the risks and benefits associated with each
option. If you eventually choose to have surgery, your
physical condition and your mental attitude will determine
your body's ability to heal. You must approach your
surgery with confidence, a positive mental attitude
and a thorough understanding of the anticipated outcome.
You should have realistic goals and be willing
to work steadily to achieve those goals.