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Ask the Right Questions at Your Next Doctor's Appointment

Who is the appointment for?

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What is the reason for this appointment?

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Is the appointment with a current or new doctor?

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Are any of the following related conditions present?

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What medications are you taking (if any) for your knee pain, or post-surgical treatment? (optional)


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Most important questions to ask about Knee Replacement

Top 10 Questions about Knee Replacement

  1. Why do I need a knee replacement?
  2. What type of knee replacement device do you recommend for me and how long can I expect it to last?
  3. What improvements can I expect from my knee replacement?
  4. How can I best prepare myself for a knee replacement?
  5. How long does a full recovery usually take?
  6. Are there symptoms that should alert me to call you while I am recovering from knee replacement surgery?
  7. What are my surgical options for knee replacement and what type of knee replacement procedure do you recommend for me?
  8. What are the potential risks and complications of the knee replacement procedure you are recommending?
  9. What can I do to prevent comlications from my knee replacement surgery?
  10. Are you board certified in Orthopedic Surgery?
  1. Why do I need a knee replacement?
  2. Are there any other options for treating my condition?
  3. What might happen if I do not have a knee replacement?
  4. What type of knee replacement device do you recommend for me and how long can I expect it to last?
  5. What improvements can I expect from my knee replacement?
  6. What kind of assistance will I need at home after my knee replacement and for how long?
  7. How will a knee replacement affect my daily life and long-term health?
  8. What types of healthcare providers, such as a physical therapist, do I need to see and when?
  9. How can I best prepare myself for a knee replacement?
  10. What are my restrictions and when can I expect to return to work and other activities?
  11. How long does a full recovery usually take?
  12. How long will I need physical therapy and what kinds of exercises should I continue after physical therapy to maintain strength and flexibility in my new knee implant?
  13. Is it normal to hear sounds from my new knee implant?
  14. Are there symptoms that should alert me to call you while I am recovering from knee replacement surgery?
  15. How should I safeguard against falls while I am recovering from knee replacement surgery?
  16. How can I best protect my new knee and prevent from having to have this surgery again?
  17. What are my surgical options for knee replacement and what type of knee replacement procedure do you recommend for me?
  18. What are the potential risks and complications of the knee replacement procedure you are recommending?
  19. What type of anesthesia will I receive and what are the risks involved?
  20. What can I do to prevent comlications from my knee replacement surgery?
  21. Should I bank my own blood in case I need a transfusion during or after surgery?
  22. How long will the procedure take and how long will I need to stay in the hospital?
  23. How will you decide when I can go home after knee replacement surgery?
  24. How will my post-operative pain be managed?
  25. What medications will I need to take after my knee replacement surgery and for how long?
  26. What are the possible risks, benefits, side effects, and interactions of my medications?
  27. Which medications should I continue to take and which medications should I stop prior to knee replacement surgery?
  28. What kinds of pre-operative testing do I need and how soon before my surgery will I need to schedule them?
  29. Are you board certified in Orthopedic Surgery?
  30. How many of my type of knee replacement surgery have you performed and how did your patients fare afterwards? Does your hospital keep statistics on complications?
  31. Is there a specific type of replacement joint you use, and what would you recommend for me?
  32. Where will I have my knee replacement surgery and what are the outcomes for that hospital?

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