10/04/2012 08:10 am ET

Surgery Tips: Secrets Your Surgeon Won't Tell You

When a medical procedure is absolutely necessary, of course you're going to do everything in your power to make sure the best possible surgeon is the doctor who will perform the operation. But how much do we really know about the people behind the gloves and masks?

Reader's Digest reached out to 50 of the people who know best -- the surgeons themselves -- for the safety tips and insider details you should know before you go. Below are 10 tips for becoming a smarter, healthier patient. Click over to RD.com for the full list.

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