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Wednesday, February 11, 2009 9:00 AM

Audio PSA: Having Surgery: What You Need to Know

Voice 1: Why do I need the operation?

Voice 2: Are there alternatives to surgery?

Voice 3: And what are the risks involved?

Narrator: Every year, more than 15 million Americans have surgery. If you’re considering surgery, you need to make an informed decision. Ask your doctor to answer questions and explain alternatives clearly. To learn more, read the booklet, Having Surgery: What You Need To Know, found at www.ahrq.gov/consumer. A message from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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