I presume that different hospitals have their own policies when it comes to how much information is given to patients and when. I was asked to meet the consultant and discuss my operation about 2 wks before my op. I assumed he was going to tell me what they were going to do. Instead it was to discuss liability, I was told it would be a very complex operation and there could be a few things go wrong including death. The death thing wasn't a big deal as I was already facing that if I kept the tumour, becoming a cabbage did, and being a burden to my wife and kids preyed heavily on my mind.
When I got to the operating theatre the anaesthetist then explained that they would be removing a rib(s) and deflating my right lung as they would be accessing the tumour through my back and I would be losing about half my stomach or more. He also explained that I would be connected to about 17 different wires and tubes for the next 7 – 10 days. These are the things that were left out of my conversation with my surgeon at the beginning. I was told afterwards by some of the ICU nurses that quite a few people refuse the operation, even get of the operating table just before they get their anaesthetic.
Maybe they waited until I was in the operating theatre to tell me as they knew I hadn't got any legs and couldn't run away.
I was wondering what others have experienced and is there a good time to tell you what's going to happen.