10 Questions to Ask About Joint Replacement

knee pain red kneeHas your knee or hip pain become so painful that you are considering joint replacement surgery? There are many questions to ask your physician as you consider this life altering surgery.

In planning your treatment, your doctor will consider many things, including your age, activity level and general health. If nonsurgical treatment methods, such as medication and physical therapy, don’t relieve your symptoms, your doctor may recommend total joint replacement surgery.

Your doctor and health care team will provide you with information to help you prepare for surgery. Never hesitate to ask questions, but what questions should you ask?

  • What are the major and/or most frequent complications of surgery?
  • Is the skill and experience of the orthopedic surgeon more important than the device or procedure?
  • Can you give me any information on outcomes and complication rates?
  • If I don’t have surgery, what is the risk?
  • How much pain can I expect, and how will it be managed in the hospital and after I go home?
  • How long will the device last, and what can I do to make it last as long as possible?
  • What will I be able to do/not do after my total joint replacement?
  • Is therapy necessary after surgery?
  • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • Will I be able to contact you after the surgery if I have a question or problem?

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Source: American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons 2013

  2 comments for “10 Questions to Ask About Joint Replacement

  1. July 11, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I have had both knees and both hips replaced. 3 surgeries in all. I was back to work in 3 weeks after both knees were done. Hips were done later separately. I am 78 and have no pain in any of the joints. You can’t come home and baby yourself. You do a little more each day until you realize it feels good and there isn’t any pain anymore. I don’t regret any of it.

    • July 12, 2017 at 8:51 am

      That’s great news. Glad you are feeling good.

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