There are many different types of joint surgery. The following
questions will help you evaluate which surgery may be right for you.
Ask your doctor if surgery will relieve pain,
improve range of motion, and allow you to resume daily
What do you want from this surgery? Less pain? Better
movement? Improved appearance of the joint? What are the chances that this
surgery will bring about that outcome?
What are the chances of
achieving your desired outcome with a different kind of
How often is another surgery needed because the first
surgery didn't work?
What kinds of things can go wrong with this
surgery? How often do these problems occur?
How long will the
results of this procedure last? How long will this type of joint replacement
last before another surgery may be needed? What type of surgery might be needed
if this surgery fails?
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June 05, 2012
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