Why can’t I remember what my doctor told me?

You just spent a half an hour talking to your surgeon about your upcoming surgery.  Once you get home, you find yourself unable to remember what was said and cannot answer friends’ questions about the visit.  Paragon Orthopedic Center hears this a lot.  Why?  A few of the possible reasons are well-known: 1-anxiety, 2-older age, and 3-preconcieved ideas that are stuck in your brain.  Here are a few ways you can help yourself at the next healthcare appointment: 1-write out and bring questions with you, 2-ask the provider if it’s okay to take a few notes to help you remember during the discussion (but don’t make the provider wait for your note taking), 3-ask for handouts (if they aren’t provided), 4- bring a friend because four ears are better than two, and 5-keep your mind open as the conversation moves forward, trying not to stay focused on what was said in the last minute.  You can think through your personal details about how, where, and when later.  Paragon Orthopedics offers information and many videos to help you with information you might have missed during your appointment.
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