At Your Appointment

Knee 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 are you 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 well have medicines and physical therapy helped your knee pain or stiffness? How about joint injections?
  • How much is your knee pain or stiffness limiting your daily activities? Sometimes, frequently, or all the time?
  • What activities do you avoid due to knee pain? Do you have pain even at rest?
  • Have you had knee X-rays or other types of joint imaging?
  • How would you rate your quality of life due to your knee pain? Good, fair or poor?
  • Are you ready to consider knee replacement surgery? What questions or concerns do you have?
  • How well is your medication controlling your symptoms? Do you feel it is effective?
  • What is your biggest concern about knee replacement surgery?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • How do you know if knee replacement surgery will be successful for me?
  • What are my knee replacement options? Am I a candidate for minimally invasive surgery?
  • What are the risks and possible complications of the surgery you are recommending? How can I help prevent them?
  • How long will I be in the hospital after knee replacement surgery? How long does full recovery usually take?
  • How should I prepare my house before surgery to make my recovery easier? Where can I find more information or help 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 PT to maintain strength and flexibility in my new knee?
  • What symptoms could mean there is problem with my new knee? When should I call you?
  • How long should I use my pain medicine? How can I avoid getting addicted to my pain medicine?
  • How can I protect my new knee 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 knee replacement?
  • What type of knee replacement is best for me? Am I a candidate for minimally invasive surgery?
  • How will you know when it's the best time to perform knee replacement surgery?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 17
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. Knee Replacement. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/knee-replacement/about/pac-20385276
  2. Total Knee Replacement. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/treatment/total-knee-replacement/