Start early: Important Tips to Getting Surgery in 2024

importance of early surgery

If you need surgery, you might be tempted to postpone it to the end of the year, especially if you have a deductible to satisfy. But waiting until the end of the year can have its drawbacks. Appointments for surgeries tend to spike toward the end of the year, making it difficult to secure the surgery date you’d like with your preferred surgeon. Some surgeries may also have additional medical requirements that need to be satisfied before surgery can be performed. And depending on the procedure you need, delaying surgery may worsen your condition or delay recovery.



Starting the planning process early can help ensure that you’re not only physically prepared but also mentally and logistically set up for success. Here are just some of the things you’ll want to consider when planning for surgery:

  • Do you have a firm understanding of what the surgery entails and why you need the surgery?
  • Are there any alternatives to the procedure, based on your specific situation?
  • Is your surgeon well qualified to perform your surgery?
  • What are all the costs that you will need to pay?
  • Are there any requirements you need to satisfy before the operation?
  • What is your recovery plan following the surgery?

If your employer offers Carrum Health, getting the answers to these questions is easy. Members are matched with a Carrum care specialist who can answer any questions you have throughout your journey. And the Carrum Health mobile app makes it easy to reach out when it’s most convenient for you. It doesn’t cost anything to get started, and most, if not all, surgery costs are covered.*

  • Top surgeons: The Carrum Health app makes it easy to find the top surgeons located closest to you. You’ll be able to view their certifications and areas of expertise. The surgeons and specialists in our network have advanced training, access to the latest research and cutting-edge technology, and the strong support staff needed to give you the best care possible.
  • Complimentary Second Opinions: In most cases, the Carrum Health benefit covers the cost of an initial consultation with one of our leading surgeons. You can ask questions and get answers specific to your own situation. And because the surgeons in our network are leaders in their field and have access to all the latest research and technology, they will be able to discuss with you whether surgery is the most effective solution for you or if other options are available.
  • Costs: Healthcare costs can be confusing, and with surgery, that is doubly true. But for Carrum Health members, the costs are much easier to understand, and your Carrum care specialist can help outline what, if any, costs you may need to pay. Most, if not all, surgery costs are often covered by your employer, and getting a second opinion from one of Carrum’s leading surgeons will not cost anything.*
  • Scheduling: Depending on the surgery, you may have to meet specific medical requirements, have additional lab work performed, or provide detailed medical records. This may take some time to complete, so getting the process started early is important. Carrum Health members have access to a mobile app and their care specialist, making it easier to understand what is needed to schedule surgery. Your Carrum care specialist will even help collect any medical records that your surgeon will need to assess your case. By starting the process early, you can ensure there’s time to satisfy requirements and factor in any personal or work commitments.
  • Recovery: Following your surgery, your surgeon may outline a postoperative care plan. If you’re a member of Carrum Health, your care specialist will help coordinate this care. And whether you need a couple of days or a couple of weeks off work after surgery, you may need to arrange support to take care of family members or help run errands. Planning ahead for this kind of support can take a lot of stress off your plate, so you can focus on your recovery.

If you’re a member of Carrum Health, you’ll be connected to one of the country’s top surgeons who can discuss with you whether surgery is your best option. By planning now for surgery, you can make the process more manageable while ensuring that you go into your surgery fully prepared for the procedure and your recovery.

*This coverage may not be available through all employers. To find out what coverage is available to you, check your eligibility.

The information contained on this article are for informational purposes only. No material is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.