Questions to ask about arthritis surgery
Before you have surgery, you may want to ask your doctor a few questions about the procedure.
If you need to have surgery to treat or replace a joint that is damaged by arthritis, chances are you'll have lots of questions for your doctor.
According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and other experts, a few questions you may want to ask include:
- Are there any other treatments I should try before surgery?
- What are the benefits I can expect in terms of pain relief and mobility?
- What are the risks? What will happen if I don't have the surgery now?
- What will the operation involve and how long will it last?
- Can the surgery be done on an outpatient basis or will it require a hospital stay?
- What type of anesthesia will be used, and what risks are associated with it?
- What kind of pain is normal to expect and how long will it likely last? Will I receive medication for the pain?
- What is your experience doing this type of operation?
- Should I stop taking any of my medications before surgery?
- Do you recommend an exercise program before and after the surgery?
- What limits might I have while I recover? For example, will my ability to drive, eat, use the toilet or climb stairs be affected?
- Will I need to make any modifications to my home—or purchase any special equipment—to help with my daily activities after surgery?
- How long will recovery take?
- What are the chances that I will need additional surgery?
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. "Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Surgery." https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/questions-to-ask-your-doctor-before-surgery.