You tell your doctor you are really nervous about bypass surgery. Your father had a triple bypass and had a long, hard recovery thirty years ago, but your brother had a stent last year without any trouble. Your doctor talks you through it, and after comparing risks and outcomes across other patients like you, you start to feel much more confident in your doctor’s recommendation.
You’ll have an in-depth conversation with your doctor about your treatment options and the risks, benefits, and expected outcomes associated with each option. You may review how your treatment options compare for patients like you, and together you’ll make an informed decision about what course of treatment is right for you.