Questions to ask your orthopedic physician [or podiatrist]:
- What are my treatment options? What are the pros and cons of each option?
- How long will the treatment take? How will it affect my daily activities?
- What will my recovery involve? How long will recovery take?
- Are there any brochures I can read or web sites I can visit for more information?
If your orthopedist [or podiatrist] recommends surgery:
- What is involved in the surgery? * How long will I be in the hospital?
- (If not your orthopedist) Who will perform the surgery?
- Can I meet him/her? * What can I expect after the surgery?
- Will I need further treatment (such as physical therapy, splints, medications)?
- What will happen if I don’t have the surgery now?
- What are my alternatives? * If I want a second opinion, whom can I consult?
- How many similar procedures has the surgeon performed? What are the outcomes?
*Adapted from UCSD Medical Center: Orthopedics: What To Ask Your Orthopedist
Use the above list when you’re interviewing doctors. If you’re not getting answers you like, get a 2nd or 3rd or 4th opinion. Trust your fact and your intuition.
I wish I’d found this site before my surgery. There are several questions I didn’t think to ask. It’s so important to bring a list of questions to each appointment and check them off as you get your answers.