Questions to Ask Your Doctor When Considering Joint Replacement Surgery
If I do not have this surgery, what can I expect?
If I do have this surgery, what can I expect?
What are the risks and the complications of this surgery?
How many of these surgeries have you performed?
Do you have outcomes data?
Are you using the most recent technology?
How invasive is this procedure?
How large will the scar be?
How much pain can I expect, and how will it be managed?
How long will I be in the hospital?
How long will the implant last, and what can I do to ensure that it lasts as long
How long is the recovery process? What can I expect in the days, weeks, and months following surgery?
Will I have any limitations after surgery?
Choosing a Doctor
If you are considering a joint replacement, what should you look for in a doctor or clinic?
Experience. Choose a doctor who specializes in and performs a lot of joint replacements.
Volume. Outcomes are consistently better at hospitals where a high number of procedures are performed and with doctors who perform a high volume of procedures.5
Outcomes. If possible, check outcomes data and choose a doctor with a high success rate and a low complication rate.