At Your Appointment

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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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Nov 2
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  1. Hip Replacement. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/hip-replacement/about/pac-20385042
  2. Minimally Invasive Total Hip Replacement. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgerons. https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/minimally-invasive-total-hip-replacement/
  3. Total Hip Replacement. American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/total-hip-replacement/