Selection of a surgeon is a personal choice. It is a choice that makes you feel confident that your surgery will go well, that your surgeon has a good bedside manner and you can ask questions anytime you need answers.
Write down questions that you have for the doctor. Here are some basic questions to get your list started:
- How many hip surgeries he/she does in a year
- How many of the THR’s required revisions within one year? Two Years?
- What kind of hip device will you receive?
- Do you use cemented or uncemented hip devices? Why?
- Is there anything unusual about my hip that might present problems?
- What restrictions will be placed on your activities after you have healed?
- How long will you be in the hospital?
- What hospital do you use?
- How long will you be on a walker or crutches?
- When will I be 100% weight bearing?
- What kind of PT will you need?
- How long will I need PT?
- Will I be given any at home nurse or PT care?
- What anesthetic do you use?
- How long does the surgery take?
- What surgical approach do you use? Anterior or Posterior?
- What is the incision length?
- What is your post-op pain control plan?
- What is their infection rate?
- Have any of your patients had infections that required IV antibiotics following surgery?
- What drugs/methods do you use for anti-coagulation after surgery?
- What is your opinion of my returning to (whatever work or activities you do)
Ask questions and opinions from other people, then trust your own instincts and make up your own mind. It is your hip and your life.