New Patient Questions

Questions to ask if your doctor recommends surgery

  • Why is this procedure being recommended?
  • Are there alternatives?
  • What are the benefits of this procedure in terms of pain relief, functioning/mobility?
  • How long will the benefit last?
  • What are the risks involved?
  • What is the success rate for this procedure?
  • What is the procedure called?
  • How is it done?
  • Will the surgery need to be repeated after a certain amount of time?
  • How many of these procedures are annually performed at the hospital / orthopaedic surgery center?
  • What percentage of patients improve following the procedure?
  • What will happen if I don’t have the surgery now?
  • If I want a second opinion, whom can I consult?
  • Will my doctor perform the operation or will┬ásomeone else?
  • Is the doctor board certified?
  • How many similar procedures have been done by my doctor?
  • What are the outcomes?
  • Will I need any tests or medical evaluations prior to the surgery?
  • What kind of anesthesia will be used? Are there possible after effects or risks?
  • Will I meet with the anesthesiologist in advance?
  • Will the physician know my needs/allergies?
  • What kind of implant or prosthesis will be used?
  • What are the outcomes using this device?
  • How long will it last?
  • Will I have pain following the procedure?
  • What pain relief or pain control measures will I be given?
  • How long will the recovery take?
  • What are my limitations during recovery?
  • Will I need assistance at home afterwards? For how long?
  • What will discharge instructions be?
  • Will I have any disability following surgery?
  • Will I need physical therapy?
  • When can I return to work?
  • When can I drive my car?
  • When can I have sexual activity?
  • Are there any written materials or video about this surgery that I can review?

If you have any other questions regarding your first visit to The Orthopaedic Institute, please call us at (352) 336-6000 or toll free 888-860-7050.

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