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Questions to ask your orthopaedic surgeon

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Goring Hall Hospital

A consultation with Mr Nirav Shah is a chance to put your questions to an expert. To get the most out of your appointment, it’s usually a good idea to come ready with some questions. The internet can be a useful resource, but your consultation with an orthopaedic surgeon is an opportunity to receive trustworthy, personalised advice.

To help you prepare for your orthopaedic consultation and future surgery, if needed, here are some questions you may want to consider asking.

How many [insert procedure] have you carried out in the last year/your career?
Where can I find out more about this procedure?
Can I see your National Joint Registry data?
What kind of improvement can I expect from surgery?
What is your success rate for this procedure?
What is your revision rate for this procedure?
What are the risks of this procedure?
What is your infection rate?
What is the infection rate in this hospital?
What do you do to reduce the risk of a blood clot?
Are there any alternative treatments available?
Will I need more surgery in the future?
What will happen if I don’t have surgery?
Do you have any patient case studies/testimonials?
What type of prosthesis will you use?
What is the track record for this prosthesis?
Can I spread the cost of my treatment?
Do you have a waiting list for treatment?
Will I need to take time off work for the operation?
How many days will I need to stay in hospital for?
Will I need to do anything to prepare for my operation?
Will I need to take any medications before or after my operation?
Will I be awake during my operation?
What type of anaesthesia will you use?
How will you close the wound?
Will I be in pain following the operation?
What aftercare and follow-up appointments will I receive?
Will my treatment include any physiotherapy appointments?
What kind of recovery can I expect?
When can I start to… drive, fly, return to work etc?

There can be a lot to process during your consultation. If you forget to ask us anything, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01903 707373.

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