Questions for your surgeon?

Make the most of your limited time with the specialist by preparing a list of questions. Some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What's the most likely cause of my problems?
  • What treatment options are available?
  • Which do you recommend for my situation?
  • If I have surgery, what's the average recovery time?
  • If I don't have surgery, what are the consequences of this decision?
  • How will I need to restrict my activities during or after treatment?
  • Are there any fact sheets or printed information I can take home with me to read?
  • Are there any reliable websites that I can visit?

Seeing an orthopaedic surgeon

Seeing an orthopaedic surgeon

Preparing for a specialist appointment

If your doctor recommends you see a specialist orthopaedic surgeon, you may be wondering what to expect.

Every orthopaedic evaluation is different, but there are many common tests an orthopaedic surgeon may consider in evaluating your condition. During your first appointment, the surgeon will usually go through:

  • A thorough medical history
  • A physical examination
  • Arranging X-rays
  • Additional tests, as needed

During the physical examination, the orthopaedic surgeon will examine your standing posture, how you walk (your gait), and how you sit and lie down. This helps to confirm (or to rule out) the possible diagnosis. It also allows the orthopaedic surgeon to check other important aspects of your hips and knees, including:

  • Size and length
  • Strength
  • Range of motion
  • Swelling
  • Reflexes
  • Skin condition
  • Circulation

If you are experiencing pain in your hip joint, they may also examine your back as hip pain could be the result of problems in the lower spine.

Based on the diagnosis, your treatment options may include non-surgical or surgical treatment. 

Next Steps

Contact your GP or health professional to discuss your options