What are the questions that you need to ask your hip surgeon before making the final choice? You may be surprised to know that most people may hesitate to ask tough and difficult questions to their surgeon and this result in them making a wrong choice. It is best to make a list of questions that you need to ask yourself and your surgeon.
When you start getting answers to the many questions you have you may be able to handle the various aspects of the surgery in a confident manner. All good and reputed hip surgeons are always willing to answer all questions as they understand that the patient may be worried about the surgery and its arrival and getting the correct answers may help them relax and recover fast.
List of questions to ask your hip surgeon
- Are you board certified or qualified? Where did you train? How many years of experience do you have? Do you perform the surgery on your own or does your assistant do it? Is the medical team (nurses and other assistants) assisting you qualified and experienced in handling such procedures?
- How long does the surgery take? Is the surgery painful? Are there any complications? How many complications have you handled? What is the surgical approach you may use?
- How many similar surgeries have you performed in the last one year and what is the success rate? How many failures have you had? What are the reasons for the failure?
- What will be the length of the incision? What type of implant is used and how long does it last? What is the infection rate?
- Will I need physical therapy after the surgery? How long is the physical therapy necessary? How soon will I be able to recover? What are the restrictions that I need to follow post surgery?
Although all hip surgeons are qualified and trained in performing various types of hip replacement surgeries they tend to specialize in a particular procedure. It is best to check if the surgeon of your choice has adequate experience and skills in performing the procedure suitable for your condition.
If you are not happy and satisfied with the answers provided by the surgeon you can start looking for another surgeon who may be able to give you satisfactory answers. You can also choose to avoid a surgeon who rushes through the consultations and does not patiently answer your questions.
You may feel comfortable dealing with a hip surgeon who understands your concerns and makes an effort to clear them. It is best to have a second opinion about the surgery so that you are clear about your condition and the type of surgery required. If the surgeons have different views about the treatment, you can choose to consult more surgeons before making the final decision.
Although it is your right to choose the hip surgeon, you need to be careful when doing so as your decision may have long term implications on your overall health and wellbeing.