A patient needs to know beforehand that there usually are no absolutes regarding medical or surgical treatment of conditions. Every patient is unique. It can be confusing which treatment or which elective operation is best in each situation. That is why patients have to rely on choosing a physician carefully. This applies to non-surgeons as well as surgeons. Pick a doctor that the patient feels comfortable with regardless of ultimate outcome. The best physicians are the ones that a patient can trust to tough it out with them when the treatment outcome fails to be ideal.