Hip or knee replacement - before - what to ask your doctor
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You are going to have a hip or knee joint replacement surgery to replace all or part of your hip or knee joint with an artificial device (a prosthesis).
Below are some questions you may want to ask your health care provider to help you prepare for your hip or knee replacement.
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Is joint replacement the best treatment for me right now? What other treatments should I think about?
How well does this surgery work for someone my age and with any of the medical problems I may have?
Will I be able to walk without pain? How far?
Will I be able to do other activities, such as golf, swimming, tennis, or hiking? When can I do them?
Is there anything that I can do before the surgery so it will be more successful for me?
Are there exercises I should do to make my muscles stronger?
Can I learn to use crutches or a walker before I have the surgery?
Do I need to lose weight before surgery?
Where can I get help quitting cigarettes or not drinking alcohol, if I need to?
C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, San Francisco, CA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.