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What are questions I can ask my doctor when deciding whether to have a knee and hip replacement surgery?

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If you're considering knee or hip replacement surgery, ask your doctor questions like these:

  • What non-surgical treatments or lifestyle changes I can try first?
  • How much of a difference will the surgery make in how I feel and how active I can be?
  • What problems could happen after the surgery?
  • What's the recovery like?
  • Is there anything I won't be able to do after surgery?
  • How long should my new joint last?

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."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 08, 2018

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."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 08, 2018

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