Getting the Facts When Considering Surgery for Arthritis
Part of the Arthritis For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)
Surgery is either the end of all your troubles or the beginning of a whole new set of problems. Before agreeing to go under the knife to address your arthritic condition, ask your orthopaedic surgeon the following questions:
Do my symptoms and test results go hand-in-hand; is my diagnosis really confirmed?
Does the type of arthritis I have respond well to surgery?
Is surgery a permanent fix for my symptoms, or will it need redoing eventually?
What results can I expect from this surgery?
What risks are involved?
What is involved in the post-surgery rehabilitation?
Am I physically able to withstand the surgery?
What does the future hold if I don’t have surgery?