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20 questions you need to ask your doctor about knee and hip replacement surgery

iStock 1172594370 If you are facing a potential knee or hip replacement surgery, it’s a good idea to put together a list of important questions to ask your doctor during your consultation.

Here are 20 good questions to get you started as you prepare for your next steps:

  1. What else can I do to ease my symptoms? Medication, injections, massage or physical therapy? Any other nonsurgical treatments? 
  2. Can I just take more pain medication before I get a joint replacement? 
  3. If I’ve been taking pain medication, should I try a different pain medication or a higher dose before considering surgery?
  4. What lifestyle changes can I make to delay the need for surgery?
  5. What happens if I do not choose to undergo surgery? Will my symptoms continue to get worse?
  6. Can the surgery be done with minimally invasive techniques?
  7. What is the implant made of? Do I have to worry about it setting off medical detectors?
  8. How long does the implant last? Will I need it replaced one day or is it permanent?
  9. What can I expect after joint replacement surgery?
  10. Will surgery relieve all of the pain I’m experiencing, or will I need further treatment and medication?
  11. How long will I be in the hospital after surgery?
  12. Will I need physical therapy in the hospital, at home or in a facility?
  13. What can I do before surgery to prepare for recovery?
  14. How many of these surgeries have you performed? 
  15. What are some complications I should be aware of before surgery?
  16. Do I have any medical conditions or concerns that may lead to complications during or after surgery?
  17. What is the best-case scenario and worst-case scenario for my surgery?
  18. What kind of help should I prepare to have when I go home from surgery and how long will I need extra assistance?
  19. What limitations will I have after surgery that I don’t have now? 
  20. How long will recovery take?

If you’re interested in talking about joint replacement and learning more about your options, call (219) 795-3360 for more information and to schedule your consultation.

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