Are you prepared for your orthopedic surgery? Here’s a list of questions to ask your doctor.
Are there alternatives to this surgery?
Will this be a permanent solution to my problem?
What are the risks of the procedure?
Is this an outpatient procedure?
Will the medical team/services/facilities be covered by my insurance? How can I learn about the out-of-pocket costs for this surgery?
What precautions will I need to follow after the surgery and for how long?
How much pain will I experience and for how long? Will I need pain meds? Ice?
Will I need assistive devices after surgery (crutches, walker etc)? For how long?
Do I need any special furniture in order to sleep comfortably after surgery (i.e. lazy boy chair after hip replacement surgery or rotator cuff surgery)?
Will I need any special assistance at home? Will there be any drains or tubes I need to take care of?
When will I have a follow-up visits? Who will I be seeing?
When will I begin physical therapy?
Do you have a rehabilitation protocol my physical therapist should follow? Can you please send that to them prior to the surgery
In the case of lower body surgery, will I need a walker? crutches? cane? etc?
When will I be able to walk again?…use my arm again?… ride my bike again?…hike again? go through the day without any pain? etc (which meaningful activities do you hope to resume?)
Prepare one weeks worth of meals prior to surgery. Freeze them in meal-sized portions so they are easy to heat and serve. Think about the utensils you will need to do this.
Stock up on any supplies, including prescription medications, you might need. Avoid shopping trips for a week or two after surgery.
Arrange transportation for doctor or physical therapy visits.
For lower body surgery, have a comfortable pair of slippers to wear for good traction and for ease of taking on and off to avoid struggling with socks or tight shoes.
For upper body and lower body surgeries, find comfortable cloths that can easy be put on and taken off (anticipate the inability to use an appendage temporarily).
Rotator cuff and/or hip replacement surgeries can be very painful and often a lazy boy chair is the best method for most people to sleep. Ask your therapist or doctor. Think about buying or renting a chair.
Set up a chair in your shower or bathroom to easily bathe.
Often surgery can be avoided or postponed. Our approach at Body in Balance Physical Therapy is to solve problems from a systems point of view. This can expedite recovery after surgery. We strongly encourage you to see one of our therapists before committing to surgery.
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