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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:

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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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