Thursday, October 15, 2009

Questions for Hip Surgeons

This is the list of questions I want to ask during my initial interview with potential hip replacement surgeons.
  1. Can't we do both hips now and get it over with?
  2. How will my procedure and recovery be typical?
  3. What is atypical about my case?
  4. What procedure do you recommend for me? Why not the others?
  5. How many of these surgeries have you performed? How frequently?
  6. Should I continue to take baby aspirin daily?
  7. What medications will be take in preparation for surgery?
  8. What medications will I be on after surgery? For how long?
  9. What about Coumadin (warfarin)? Alternatives?
  10. Antibiotics?
  11. There may be dental work in my future. When should it be scheduled?
  12. Is a flu shot recommend?
  13. Any need to carry an ID card or wear a medical alert bracelet after procedure?
  14. Airport security and other metal detectors?
  15. I have a 90 mile freeway commute, how long before that will be safe?
  16. After full recovery, what physical motions will be forbidden?
  17. Karate stances and kicks? Jujitsu falls? Yoga "hip opening"? Inversion?
  18. Prescription for a new bed? Recommendations please.
  19. If you had my body what would you do? When? What surgeon would you use?

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