Pre-op questions to ask surgeon re: hip surgery

Posted by cindiwass @cindiwass, Apr 26, 2022

OK, so I finally agreed to go ahead with the surgery for my hip. I guess I could ask what type of surgery the surgeon wants to give me. I figure doctors don't like to talk about this to the patient, I'm not sure why. Out of all the potential surgeons I've seen, not one has explained what he intends to do. Maybe they don't want to, I don't know. Or — maybe they don't know until they get inside? Anyway, would it be reasonable for me to ask the surgeon why he anticipates doing, i.e., what type of surgery, what type of replacement, which side he expects to cut open? (Boy, I'm scared…lol…)

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@cindiwass, My Mayo Clinic surgeon discussed my knee replacement surgery procedure with me prior to the surgery so that I knew what was going to occur. When I was in pre-op, the anesthesiologist also talked to me prior to the actual surgery. I was impressed by the amount of attention to detail they provided. If you have questions, I would definitely write them down and take them with you to the meeting with your surgeon.

Here's a fairly comprehensive list of questions that you might find helpful but I would only focus on a small subset of the ones that are important to you instead taking a laundry list with you.

Hip or knee replacement – before – what to ask your doctor:


Yes your surgeon should sit and answer all questions.
I had 2 pages of questions , my doctor sat down and answered all of them. It’s your body you deserve to know what the plan is.


I liked John's suggestion that you take the list of questions and choose those you want to ask.
Here is another thought – often doctors have a printed document titled something like "What to expect with your [Hip] Surgery." In it they describe things like their pro-op procedures, what will happen day of, how long you might stay in the hospital, post-op experience, etc. You might want to call & ask for that before you write your questions for the appointment, read it carefully, and then list any things you still need to ask or need clarified.
At the same time you cold ask if the surgeon knows which procedure and implant they plan to use so you can read about it (some don't decide the implant until the leg is open and they see the exact situation – not unusual.)
The more information you can get, the better you can mentally prepare for what is to come.


Always prop and post op kept my questions on my phone so I wouldn’t forget my paper

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