Your reasons for surgery, including alternative treatments, risks of planned surgery, expected outcome, and the expected duration of the surgical procedure.
If you are having an outpatient procedure or if hospitalization is required, you should know how long you will be at the surgical facility and how it will be decided when you will go home.
Your need for anesthesia, techniques considering the planned operative procedure, how anesthesia will be performed, who will be performing it and when you will meet the individual performing the anesthesia.
Whether a preoperative evaluation will be required and whether your surgeon or primary care physician will complete it. (If a preoperative clinic is used, you should know where it is and who to contact at the clinic.) You should also know what preoperative testing/evaluation is required prior to surgery.
If your surgeon requests a preoperative evaluation, you should schedule an appointment no earlier than 30 days before your procedure and no later than 72 hours before your procedure.
When you will feel better after the expected recovery time and when you will be able to resume regular activities such as return to work, etc.
Where your family can wait and when and where the surgeon will communicate with your family and friends after your surgery.
Answers to any other concerns you have regarding the surgery.
Check with your insurance plan or the business office of the surgical facility regarding insurance coverage and personal cost.