What to Know Before Having Orthopedic Surgery: Part 1
November 06, 2018
Nobody wants to be told they may need surgery. Surgery can be scary, expensive, and full of unknowns. However, when it comes to chronic knee or hip pain and related problems, orthopedic surgery may be the only option for relief. It is important to know certain things before undergoing surgery. This two-part series is going to discuss a few things all potential orthopedic surgery patients should be aware of before making a final decision.
You need to find the right orthopedic surgeon. Finding the right doctor can be a challenge. In fact, the US needs 52,000 more primary care physicians before 2025 to be able to provide for our current health care needs, and there are even less orthopedic surgeons in many areas. Because of this, it's important to find a surgeon who has the necessary knowledge and skills to evaluate your condition. In doing this, you can be confident the surgeon you choose specializes in your condition and can successfully perform your hip or knee replacement surgery. Most important is finding a surgeon you feel comfortable with.
You should ask all of your questions. Once you've found a surgeon, it's important to ask any questions you have. When it comes to a procedure as important as orthopedic surgery, no question is too small. Whether you have questions regarding preparing for surgery, the procedure itself, or recovery concerns, it's crucial that you ask them before scheduling a procedure. If you don't get all of your questions answered, you may enter the procedure feeling more nervous.
You should ensure surgery is the right option. Surgery is a big decision and, depending on your condition, it may not be your only option. Meeting with an orthopedic surgeon will allow you to have your condition fully assessed in order for the surgeon to decide the best course of action. If your condition isn't severe, he or she may recommend trying other treatment options like physical therapy first. Overall, it's important to know all of your options.
Following these tips will make you feel more prepared for a consultation. If you want even more information on what to know before having surgery, look for part two coming soon.