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?