Getting the Facts When Considering Surgery for Arthritis

Part of 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?