If you have been suffering from knee pain or injury and non-surgical treatments have not relieved your pain, your doctor may recommend knee surgery. The thought of surgery can be scary, but taking time to discuss the procedure with your doctor may help relieve your nerves and better prepare you for knee surgery.
Here are some questions to ask your doctor before surgery.
- What is the procedure called, and how is it done? Is it a computer-assisted surgery?
- Why is this procedure recommended for me?
- What is the expected outcome of the procedure?
- What can I expect in terms of pain relief and mobility following surgery?
- What are the risks involved?
- What is your success rate with this procedure?
- Will further surgeries be necessary?
- What would happen if I opted not to have surgery?
- Do I have any other alternatives to surgery?
- What tests/medical evaluations will be required before surgery?
- What kind of anesthesia will be used? What are the side effects/risks of the anesthesia?
- Where will the incision be, and how big will it be?
- What should I expect during my recovery from surgery? How much pain should I expect?
- What pain control measures will I be given?
- When can I go home after surgery? Will I need assistance at home after surgery?
- How long will recovery take? What are my limitations/restrictions during recovery and how long will they last?
- Will I need physical therapy? If so, what kind of physical therapy?
- When can I return to daily activities such as work, driving and exercise?
- What can I expect in six months after surgery? One year? Five years?
- Will any follow-up appointments be needed? If so, how regularly will I need to schedule follow-up appointments?
Take this list of questions with you to your next doctor appointment to help guide the discussion about your upcoming procedure. Asking these questions will help you be better prepared for surgery and know what to expect during recovery.
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