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Talking to Your Surgeon

When talking to your surgeon about hip replacement surgery, it’s important that you are prepared. In order to get the most out of your visit, you need to have the right information available and know the right questions to ask. This page will help to prepare you.


Be sure to bring a written list of medications you are taking as well as
your medical history, including surgeries and treatments not related to your hip.

Tell your surgeon if:

  • You are using the maximum daily dose of pain or anti-inflammatory medicine, and you still have hip pain
  • You are not getting relief from your prescription pain medication
  • You have trouble sleeping because of the pain in your hip
  • Your hip bothers you constantly
  • You find it difficult to climb even a few stairs

Don’t be embarrassed about asking questions. It’s important that you understand what knee replacement surgery is all about. Here are some questions you may want to ask your surgeon:

  • Can hip replacement surgery relieve my pain and stiffness?
  • Is age a factor in hip replacement surgery?
  • Are there replacement hip available that can bend and rotate, offering more natural movement?
  • Am I a good candidate for hip replacement surgery? Why?
  • What are the benefits and risks of hip replacement surgery?
  • How long does recovery and rehabilitation take after the surgery?
  • What does rehabilitation involve?
  • Would I be able to resume my daily activities after the surgery?
  • How long will my replacement hip last?
  • What can I do to make the surgery most successful?