15 Important Questions to Ask Before Shoulder Surgery
It’s only until you start struggling with shoulder pain that you realise how much you use that part of your body.
If shoulder pain isn’t bad enough, if left untreated, it can also lead to mobility issues and compromise your range of motion.
The decision to undergo shoulder surgery is not one that should be taken lightly, which is why it helps to have as much information as possible and to consult with a qualified and reputable orthopaedic surgeon.
Diagnosing Shoulder Problems
In order for your surgeon to assess and diagnose your shoulder issues, a small camera called an arthroscope will need to be used. Minor surgery will be required in order for the arthroscope to be used but fortunately, the camera and the incisions are very small so pain and recovery time is minimal.
If your surgeon determines that surgery will be required, here are some key questions that you should ask before you schedule the procedure at Western Orthopaedic Clinic or any other reputable orthopaedic clinic.
15 Questions to Ask Before Shoulder Surgery
- Is surgery the best and only option available to me?
- If an alternative is available, is it capable of achieving similar results?
- If surgery is my best option, how long will the procedure take?
- What recovery time will I require?
- How many times have you successfully completed this procedure?
- What are some of the most common complications associated with this procedure?
- Is physical therapy going to be a requirement after my surgery and if so, how many sessions do you think I will require?
- What can I expect once I arrive home after my surgery? Are there any common limitations that I might experience at home?
- How long will I need to wait before I can return to my normal activities and routine?
- How soon will I be able to drive after my procedure?
- Will my medical insurance cover this procedure?
- Are my expectations realistic? (Ask this question once you have conveyed your expectations to your surgeon)
- What can I expect in terms of pain in the hours, days and weeks following my shoulder surgery?
- How much time should I take off work?
- When should I stop taking certain medications and supplements before my surgery and what should I avoid?
By taking the time to ask these key questions, you will leave your consultation at Western Orthopaedic clinic feeling much more informed and prepared.
It’s actually important to approach any surgical procedure in this way. Use your consultation to ask as many questions as you need to in order to feel comfortable about the procedure. Voicing what you are going to expect after your surgery will also ensure that you have a more positive surgical experience and recovery.
Prior to your consultation, spend some time jotting down any additional questions that you might have about your shoulder surgery so that you can cover all of your concerns and queries with a professional.