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What to ask your doctor before hip or knee replacement; Hip replacement - before - what to ask your doctor; Knee replacement - before - what to ask your doctor; Hip arthroplasty - before - what to ask your doctor; Knee arthroplasty - before - what to ask your doctor

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.

Questions

Is joint replacement the best treatment for me right now? What other treatments should I think about?

Is there anything that I can do before the surgery so it will be more successful for me?

How can I get my home ready before I even go to the hospital?

What are the risks or complications of the surgery?

Will I need a blood transfusion during or after the surgery? Isn't there a way of saving my own blood before the surgery so it can be used during the surgery?

What will the surgery and my stay in the hospital be like?

Will I be able to walk when I leave the hospital?

Do I need to stop taking any medicines before my surgery?

What should I do the night before my surgery?

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References

Harkness JW, Crockarell JR. Arthroplasty of the hip. In: Azar FM, Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics. 13th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 3.

Mihalko WM. Arthroplasty of the knee. In: Azar FM, Canale ST, Beaty JH, eds. Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics. 13th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 7.

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Review Date: 3/17/2019  

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