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What to Ask Your Doctor

When you schedule an appointment with your orthopedist, you may have a million questions. Take time beforehand to make a list, so you won't forget any. Here are some questions you may want to add to that list.

General Questions:

  • What is my condition called?
  • What caused my condition?
  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the pros and cons of those treatments?
  • How long will treatment take?
  • Will treatment interfere with my daily activities?
  • How long will recovery take?
  • What will my recovery be like?
  • How can I prevent the condition from recurring?

Questions about Surgery:

  • If I need surgery, what will the procedure do?
  • How long will I be in the hospital?
  • Who will perform the operation?
  • How experienced is the surgeon?
  • Will I need general or local anesthesia?
  • What should I prepare for after surgery?
  • How long will recovery take?
  • Will I need physical therapy, too?
  • What complications could there be?
  • What is the success rate for this surgery?
  • What will happen if I don't have the surgery?
  • Are you open to a second opinion?

For more information about our orthopedic services, please call (727) 825-1100.