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Hip Replacement Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • How would you rate your pain? What number would you give it on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being the worst pain ever?
  • How often do you need to use your pain medicine?
  • What exercises and daily activities have you been able to do? Do you need assistance?
  • How often are you using your home exercise program? Are you always able to complete it?
  • How often are you using your walker, crutches or cane?
  • How much does your hip pain interfere with your daily activities? Sometimes, frequently, or all the time?
  • Does your hip pain interfere with your sleep?
  • Does your hip pain worsen with walking? Does it get better with rest?
  • Do you have hip stiffness that limits your ability to move or lift your leg?
  • Does anything make your hip pain better, including medicines or physical therapy?
  • How would you rate your quality of life due to hip pain? Good, fair or poor?
  • How well is your medication controlling your symptoms? Do you feel it is effective?
  • What is your main concern about a hip replacement?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • How do you know if hip replacement surgery will be successful for me?
  • What are my hip replacement options? Am I a candidate for minimally invasive surgery?
  • What are the risks and possible complications of the hip replacement surgery you are recommending? What can be done to prevent them?
  • How long will I be in the hospital after hip replacement surgery? How long does full recovery usually take?
  • How long do hip implants typically last?
  • How should I prepare my house before surgery to make my recovery easier? Where can I find more information or assistance with this?
  • How active can I be until I see you next time? What restrictions do you recommend?
  • How long will I need physical therapy? What exercises should I continue after physical therapy to maintain strength and flexibility in my new hip?
  • How long should I use my pain medicine? How can I avoid getting addicted to my pain medicine?
  • How can I protect my new hip after I've recovered from surgery?
  • Would another medication do a better job of controlling my pain and other symptoms?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to my hip replacement?
  • What type of hip replacement is best for me? Am I a candidate for minimally invasive surgery?
  • What symptoms could mean there is problem with my new hip? When should I call you?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 2
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  2. Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgerons.
  3. Total Hip Replacement. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
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