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:
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?
- 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?
- 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?