Why do I need this surgery?

What will this surgery do?

What are the risks and possible complications of this surgery?

What are my non-surgical options?

Are there any other surgical options?

How soon would you recommend that I have this surgery?

What can I expect if I choose not to have any type of management for my injury?

What can I expect if I choose to delay this surgery?

Will my surgery be arthroscopic or open?

Will you use a bone graft, staples, or plates during my surgery?

If I need a graft, where will it come from?

How will this surgery impact my movement or flexibility in the short and long-term?

What are the chances that my symptoms could return after this surgery?

Where and how big will my incision be?

What will my scar look like?

How long will this surgery take?

Do you think I will need a blood transfusion during my surgery?

Will I need a cast after my surgery and for how long?

What can I expect my pain to be like?

What are my options for pain medications after surgery?

Will I have any tubes or drains put in during surgery and for how long?

Will I need physical therapy and for how long?

Will I need any special equipment (ie boot, crutches, etc.) to help me after surgery?

How long will I be in the hospital after my surgery?

How long will it be before I can get back to my normal routine?

What kind of sports or exercise limitations will I have?

How long will it be until I can drive again?

How long will it be until I can go back to work?

What kinds of anesthesia can I have for this procedure?

Do I need to see an anesthesiologist before my surgery?

Can you review my medication list with me?

Will I need to stop or change any of my current medications?

What tests do I need to do before surgery?

When should I stop eating and drinking before surgery?

Should I shower with antibacterial soap the night before and/or morning of surgery?

What time should I arrive for my surgery?

Can I get directions and contact information for your clinic/hospital?

Will I need someone to drive me home from the hospital?

Preparing for surgery

How long will my surgery take?

How long will it be until I wake up?

When will my visitors be able to see me?

Do I need any medication to prevent blood clots?

Do I need any antibiotics to prevent infections?

On the day of the surgery

How did my procedure go?

When will we stop the preventative antibiotics started before surgery?

When can we restart my usual prescription medications?

How are we preventing the formation of blood clots?

When can I eat or drink?

Do I need to do breathing exercises?

How much longer do you think I need to stay in the hospital?

What needs to happen before I can be discharged?

How are we going to manage my pain?

When will I start physical therapy and how often do I need to go?

Have we arranged for my prescriptions to be filled?

Are there any medications that I need to avoid?

When can I take a shower?

When do I need to come back for a follow-up appointment?

Do I have staples or sutures that need to be removed?