Between Your Doctor and You
Your orthopaedic surgeon will review the results of your evaluation with you and discuss whether knee/hip replacement surgery is the best method to relieve your pain and improve your mobility. Other treatment options such as medications, physical therapy, or other types of surgery also may be considered. Your orthopaedic surgeon will explain the potential risks and complications of knee/hip replacement surgery, including those related to the surgery itself and those that can occur over time after your surgery.
The orthopaedic evaluation will typically include:
A medical history, in which your orthopaedic surgeon gathers information about your general health and asks questions about the extent of your knee/hip pain and how it affects your ability to perform every day activities.
A physical examination to assess knee/hip mobility, strength, and alignment.
X-rays (radiographs) to determine the extent of damage or deformity in your knee/hip.
Occasionally, blood tests or other tests such as MRI (magnetic resonance imaging or bone scanning may be needed to determine the condition of the bone and soft tissues of the affected area.
Not sure about what you need to do next? Seek professional advice and get your self checked.