Questions for Doctor: Knee and Hip Surgery

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

Deciding whether to have surgery:

  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?

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD on July 31, 2016

Sources

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Total Joint Replacement: Questions Patients Should Ask Their Surgeon."

Claudette Lajam, MD, orthopedic surgeon, NYU Langone Medical Center; assistant professor of orthopedics, Hospital for Joint Diseases-New York University School of Medicine.

David Lewallen, MD, orthopedic surgeon, Mayo Clinic; professor of orthopedics, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Charles Nelson, MD, chief of joint replacement, Penn Orthopaedics; associate professor of orthopedic surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Common Questions about Total Hip Replacement."

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