(BPT) - Surgery can feel overwhelming, complicated and even scary, so it’s easy to overlook or avoid the questions you should ask to really understand what your procedure will entail and how to best recover. Plus, keeping the pre- and post-surgery do’s and don’ts straight can be hard, which is why many people still enter the operating room not knowing what to expect or how to help prepare their body.

Several organizations, like the American Society for Enhanced Recovery, created recommendations and protocols to help people prepare for and recover from surgery. The good news is, there are simple, proactive steps you can take. Here are five questions to kickstart the conversation with your doctor to help you get ready for your procedure and back on your feet as quickly as possible afterwards.