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Questions to Ask Your Doctor

The National Institutes of Health provides questions to ask your doctor to help determine whether hip or knee replacement surgery is right for you:

  • Is joint replacement the best treatment for me right now?
  • How well does this surgery work for someone my age and with any of the medical problems I may have?
  • Will I be able to walk without pain? How far?
  • Will I be able to do other activities, such as golfing, swimming, tennis or hiking? How soon after surgery?
  • What can I do before surgery so it will be more successful for me?
  • What are the risks or complications of the surgery? How can I lower my risks?
  • Will I need a blood transfusion during or after the surgery?
  • How long will the surgery last?
  • Will I be in a lot of pain after surgery? What will be done to relieve the pain?
  • How soon will I get up and move around?
  • How do I get to the bathroom after surgery? Would I have a catheter in my bladder?
  • Will I have physical therapy in the hospital?
  • What other types of treatment or therapy will I have at the hospital?
  • How long do I need to be in the hospital?
  • Will I be able to go home after being in the hospital, or will I need to go somewhere else to recover more?

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