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3 Questions to Ask Your Shoulder Surgeon Before Your Procedure

According to RNFA, 53,000 people in the U.S. get shoulder surgery each year. Even though shoulder surgeries are fairly common, it’s still normal to have a few questions before deciding to go forth with surgery. Below are a few questions you should ask your shoulder surgeon before surgery.

How Necessary Is Surgery for My Health and Intended Lifestyle?

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Depending on your injury or condition, surgery may or may not be necessary for pain relief and the continuation of activities. Also, depending on your fitness goals, you may be able to achieve your desired level of strength and mobility without any procedures. Shoulder surgeons can offer an array of alternative treatments that may satisfy your needs, such as therapy, medical interventions, injections, and more. Be sure to ask your surgeon what you are risking by not getting the surgery. There are many variables to consider. Your doctor can help you assess your need for surgery by reviewing the seriousness of your injury, the prognosis of a full recovery, and the state of your overall health and activity level. To help with this assessment, it’s essential to provide the correct documentation and information during your first visit with your surgeon.

What Is Your Shoulder Surgeon’s Experience Level With the Recommended Procedure?

Every surgeon has various levels of training and specializations within their chosen field. Before you agree to surgery, ask your doctor about his or her experience with that procedure, including training, previous patient experiences, and potential for complications. Most surgeries fall within a standard percentage range of potential for complications due to numerous factors. Still, your surgeon should be able to discuss what his or her past experiences have been openly. Online reviews are a great resource to measure a surgeon’s qualifications.

What Will Recovery From Surgery Be Like?

Some shoulder surgeries require longer recovery times and more intensive therapies than others. Ask your surgeon what the expected recovery time might be in your case and what your life might look like post-operation. Depending on your specific surgery, you may have to take extended time off of work and go to physical therapy for a designated period. Your surgeon will also likely recommend different sleeping strategies after your surgery.

Contact K. Mathew Warnock, MD

Dr. Warnock is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon in Houston with years of experience. Dr. Warnock is highly trained and experienced with patients of all ages and is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. No matter the severity of your shoulder injury, Dr. Warnock can help you determine if surgery is right for you. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

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