Questions to Ask Your Orthopedic Surgeon Before Your Hip Replacement

There are a lot of things to think about when you are considering a hip replacement. It’s good to have a list of questions and concerns to take to your consultations. You’ll find a lot of information about our processes at SFHips here, however you may also find this list helpful:

Questions to ask your surgeon

Diagnosis and Treatment Options

  • What exactly is my diagnosis?
  • What treatment options do I have?
  • What type of surgery do you recommend (total/ partial hip replacement?)
  • What approach will you use? Eg Anterior/ Posterior) Are there factors that could change this decision?
  • Do I have any particular issues that would make this more challenging?
  • What type of implants do you use?
  • What complications are possible with this procedure?
  • What’s your complication rate for this procedure?
  • How many of this type of surgery have you performed?
  • How long will my hip replacement last?
  • Will I be able to return to my favorite sports post surgery?


  • Will you perform the entire procedure?
  • Where will the incision be? (eg anterior, bikini, posterior)
  • Will you cut/ detach any muscles/ tendons?
  • How long will the surgery take?
  • Where will the surgery take place?
  • What kind of anesthesia do you use?
  • How do you close the incision? (Sutures, glue, staples)
  • How long will I have to stay in the hospital/ surgical center?

Post Surgery

  • How much help will I need when I get home?
  • What medication will I take for how long
  • Do you recommend physical therapy?
  • What else can I do to improve my recovery?
  • How can I improve my recovery?
  • How long until I can shower, walk normally, drive?

Before Surgery

  • Are there any exercises/ pre hab that will improve the outcome of my surgery?
  • Will I have to stop taking any of my current medications?

Nicholas Mast MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the hip and pelvis.

Trained in pelvic and acetabular trauma and reconstruction by some of the best in the field, his treatments range from non-replacement options for the management of hip osteoarthritis to complex revision surgeries and hip preservation techniques including periacetabular osteotomy.

He is the most experienced surgeon in the region in the use of the anterior approach for hip replacement and regularly uses this minimally invasive, fast recovery anterior approach to treat a wide variety of hip conditions.