Know Before You Go
If you are experiencing pain in your joints:
- Keep a diary of with the following information: which joint hurts, when the pain started, is the pain constant or is it intermittent, is the pain getting worse, are one or both sides of body effected, did you have a previous injury to this joint, is your pain better or worse with movement, does the pain lessen with rest, are joints stiff in the morning and if so for how long, can you bend and straighten the effected joint
- Make a list of any other medical issues, symptoms you have and a list of medications that you are currently taking
IF YOUR DOCTOR SUGGESTS THAT YOU GET A JOINT REPLACEMENT, ASK THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
- How severe is the damage to my joint?
- Is there another treatment I can try before we resort to surgery?
- What are the risks associated with this surgery?
- What are the possible complications that can arise from this surgery?
- How long will I be in surgery? How long will I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will my recovery be?
- What type of physical therapy will I need?
- What outcome can I expect, what level of activity will I be able to do when I fully recover?
- How long with the new joint last?