I'm coming up with a list to ask the doctor about the surgery and his/her skills as an orthopedic surgeon.
From my background (biomechanics) and all the research I've been doing, I feel like I have a good handle on what it is all about; however, I just want to hear the OS answer the following questions.
- Show me the injury on the MRI. (Pet peeve--the orthopedic I saw only read the radiologist report and there is a lot of variability in interpretations).
- What can you tell me about the health of the cartilage from the MRI/X-rays? (I did not have any weight-bearing x-rays. Also questions on contralateral knee and ankle.)
- What graft do you prefer to use for my situation and why?
- When is someone a candidate for non-operative treatment and would it be just postponing the inevitable for me?
- Where will the surgery be performed (i.e. hospital, surgery center)?
- How many ACLR surgeries do you perform weekly? (I'm hoping for someone that does at least 1-2/week).
- What should I expect after surgery?
- Will I have a CPM?
- Will I use a brace post-surgery & during rehab?
- Recovery time (start working at home vs return to work)
- When can I start formal physical therapy?
- What is your rehabilitation protocol?
- How do you determine readiness to return to sports (qualitative and/or functional testing)?
8. Why should I choose you to perform my surgery? (Great question from my physical therapist!)
9. Should I buy an early bird season pass in April?
I can deal with a little cockiness/arrogance. But I know I won't be able to deal with someone that won't take the time to answer questions or pushes me off to an assistant.