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Questions for Doctor: Knee and Hip Surgery

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If you are thinking about hip or knee replacement surgery, here are 10 important questions to ask your doctor.

Deciding whether to have surgery:

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WebMD's 10 Important Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Osteoarthritis

Since you’ve recently been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit. 1. What caused my arthritis? 2. What drugs can I take if I frequently have stomach problems with pain relievers? 3. Would prescription medication be appropriate for my osteoarthritis? 4. What are some appropriate exercises for me to try? 5. Will stretching and flexing the joint help it feel better? 6. Why does the weather affect my symptoms? 7. Does physical activity help osteoarthritis...

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  1. Are there any nonsurgical treatments I can try first? Medicines? Injections? Physical therapy? Crutches or assistive devices?
  2. How much better can I expect surgery will make me feel? How active will I be able to be?
  3. What problems could I have after surgery?
  4. How many of these surgeries have you done?

Getting ready to have your knee or hip replacement surgery:

  1. How should I prepare my home for after surgery? How much help will I need and for how long?
  2. How many days will I be in the hospital? What will my pain be like? What kind of pain medicine will I get in the hospital and at home?
  3. How long can I expect recovery to take?
  4. What kind of physical therapy will I have to do? Will this be at home or in a facility?
  5. Is there anything I won't be able to do after surgery?
  6. How long should my new joint last?

 

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Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH on May 12, 2014
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