Watchful waiting is a wait-and-see approach. The person may get
better (or not get worse) without treatment. And if the condition gets worse,
the person and his or her doctor will decide what to do next.
Sometimes watchful waiting means the person doesn't need to contact the
doctor unless a problem gets worse. But often it means that the
person is being watched closely by his or her doctor to see if treatment may be needed. During this time, visits to the doctor for
checkups and tests may be needed.
The length of the watchful waiting period is determined by the:
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
The Health Encyclopedia contains general health information. Not all treatments or services described are covered benefits for Kaiser Permanente members or offered as services by Kaiser Permanente. For a list of covered benefits, please refer to your Evidence of Coverage or Summary Plan Description. For recommended treatments, please consult with your health care provider.