Preparing for Your Appointment

When you make your first appointment at Arizona Bone and Joint Specialists, it will help your orthopedic surgeon and ultimately you if you're prepared for your appointment with the right materials and questions for your doctor.

It is always a good practice to bring x-rays, MRIs or any diagnostic imaging and reports you have from previous physicians or injuries. Bring a list of the medications you currently take, including any vitamins, herbal supplements or over-the-counter medications in addition to prescription medications. Bring a notebook with questions you have for the orthopedic surgeon, and feel free to write any notes during your appointment that you may want to revisit later.

Your orthopedic surgeon will ask you a series of questions in addition to performing a physical exam and their own diagnostic tests. These questions may range from asking your pain level on a 1 to 10 scale, to asking if you have tried alternative methods to relieve your pain like acupuncture or massage. Answer these questions as thoroughly and honestly as possible to help your orthopedic surgeon make an accurate diagnosis.

Be sure to bring any questions that you have to your appointment. You may want to ask the specifics of how a certain procedure or surgery is performed, if there are additional treatment options for your pain outside of surgery, what the risks of your surgery are, and how long it may take you to recover after your surgery. You may want to ask if joint replacement surgery is the very best option for you based on your medical history and current level of health, or if the joint replacement surgery is covered by your particular insurance plan. Other questions to consider include asking how much of your pain will be relieved with total joint replacement, and if you can return to specific activities after your surgery and recovery period.

No question should go unanswered before undergoing a major surgery, so feel free to ask any question you need to feel comfortable with your upcoming surgery.