Questions to Ask Your Doctor
The discussion you have with your doctor about joint replacement surgery begins with many questions and ends with a better understanding of what to expect. The more you know, the better prepared you will feel should joint replacement surgery become the treatment of choice for your individual condition.What is my diagnosis?
Below are some suggestions:
- What is the cause(s) of my condition?
- What is the long term outlook for my condition?
- What are my treatment options? What are the goals for my treatment?
- What are the risks of treatment? What are the risks for no treatment at all?
- Do I need any special adaptive devices, such as a cane, walker or elevated toilet seat?
- What complication could develop as a consequence of my condition? Could it affect other parts of my body? What can I do to help prevent this from happening?
- Is surgery an option now or in the future?
- How many of these surgeries do you do each year?