In this day of fast paced information, it can be difficult to understand all that is being told to you regarding your diagnoses and which information you need to retain. Here are a few questions for your orthopedic specialist or orthopedic surgeon that can help you filter out what you really need to know from your visit.
1.What is the diagnosis?
Write this down. You will want to research it so you can be more informed in your discussions and questions on subsequent visits. Ask for any other keywords that you could search to gain a better understanding of your condition. If your doctor is unwilling to discuss your diagnoses, it might be wise to consider a second opinion.
- What do you recommend to treat my condition?
Ask about surgical and non-surgical options and if there is evidence supporting one or the other in treating patients effectively.
- What complications could arise with my diagnosis?
Ask about the complications involved with and without surgery as each course may have its own consequences.
- How many of these procedures/surgeries have you performed?
This is a very good question as you want a doctor who is experienced in the procedure he/she is prescribing. Most doctors will not be offended by this question and if they are, it might be best to seek a doctor who is more experienced.
- What do you think is a realistic goal from this treatment plan?
This is a critical question because your goals from the procedure and your doctor’s may not be the same. Does he think the pain will go away as a result? Will there be any residual deficits in movement or functionality?
Being prepared for your doctors is vital. Having the answers to these questions and documenting future visit will allow you to be more informed and more proactive in your treatment plan.
If you’re needing a consultation with orthopedic specialists or surgeons in Joplin, MO. We encourage you to contact our office to schedule an appointment. We have experts on staff who can suggest a treatment plan that is right for you.