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Questions to ask your doctor before knee replacement

What to ask your doctor about knee replacement - before; Before knee replacement - doctor questions; Before knee arthroplasty - what to ask your doctor

Knee-joint replacement is surgery to replace all or part of the knee joint with a man-made or artificial joint. The artificial joint is called a prosthesis.

Below are questions you may want to ask your doctor about the surgery.

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How do I know if knee replacement surgery will help me?

How much does knee replacement surgery cost?

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?

What will the surgery be like?

What will my stay in the hospital be like?

Will I be able to walk when I leave the hospital? Will I be able to go home after being in the hospital?

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

What should I do the night before my surgery?


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons website. Total knee replacement. Updated June 2020. Accessed July 16, 2021.

Mihalko WM. Arthroplasty of the knee. In: Azar FM, Beaty JH, eds. Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics. 14th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2021:chap 7.


Review Date: 6/13/2021  

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