Questions to Ask Your Doctor

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  • I have symptoms and I think I might need a knee or hip replacement.
  • My doctor and I have discussed joint replacement and this is a follow-up visit.
  • I am planning on knee or hip replacement, but I’m sick or having problems.

I have symptoms and I think I might need a knee or hip replacement.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 09, 2018

  1. Could my symptoms be a sign of osteoarthritis?
  2. What are the steps to get tested to see if I need a knee or hip replacement?
  3. What treatments should I try before getting a joint replacement?
  4. My pain is getting worse. What pain medicine can I take?
  5. What else can I do to ease my symptoms?

My doctor and I have discussed joint replacement and this is a follow-up visit.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 09, 2018

  1. Even though I take medicine, I’m still in pain. Can I safely increase my dose or should I try a different pain medicine?
  2. What should I do to get ready for surgery?
  3. Should I try to lose weight?
  4. Would complementary approaches like massage or acupuncture help?
  5. What should I expect following joint replacement surgery?

I am planning on knee or hip replacement, but I’m sick or having problems.

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on June 09, 2018

  1. Could my symptoms mean my joint damage is getting worse?
  2. My pain limits what I can do every day. Do I need a different pain reliever?
  3. Will surgery relieve all my pain?
  4. How long after surgery till I can get back to my normal activities?
  5. Is there anything I can do before surgery to speed my recovery?