Important Questions to Ask Your Orthopedic Surgeon before a Procedure is Performed

Posted on: 14 December 2015

An orthopedic surgeon is one who specializes in the musculoskeletal system, or the bones and muscles together. They're often visited by athletes, gymnasts and others who put undue stress on the joints and muscles at the same time. If you've been told by an orthopedic surgeon that you need a procedure performed, you may ask about recovery time and if the surgery will hurt, but you may overlook some other important questions as well. Note a few of those here so you're sure to discuss them with your surgeon.

1. Always ask if there is a risk of injuring yourself again after a surgery

Surgery itself doesn't mean that your body is then able to withstand any punishment you dish out by way of athletics, gymnastics and the like. You need to discuss this with your orthopedic surgeon and be sure you know if there is a risk of injuring yourself again after the surgery and if you have a risk of causing the same injury to another part of your body. For example, if you've damaged one knee from playing sports, you may very well damage the other, so talk to your surgeon about how your injury happened and how to avoid it in the future after your procedure is over.

2. Ask about physical therapy before the procedure

Physical therapy is usually prescribed after a procedure so you can help your joints and muscles heal and get stronger. However, you might ask if physical therapy before a procedure can also be of benefit. This might build up the muscles around the area where you will have the procedure so they're better able to support you when the surgery is over. In turn, you may heal faster and find that you can recover more easily and have increased mobility after your surgery.

3. Note home exercise protocols

It's easy to think that exercising at home after a surgery will help you to heal faster, as if you're doubling up on your training regimen. In truth, this can actually put stress on the area of the surgery, especially if you don't follow the right protocols for being active and exercising afterward. Talk to your surgeon about what exercises are appropriate, if any, and how they should be performed at home, separate from your physical therapy. This will ensure that you are actually helping your body to heal and not causing damage to the area on which you've had the procedure.

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