Here are some questions that may be helpful to
ask your doctor when considering shoulder surgery. We suggest you
print this list and take it with you to your appointment. It’s also a
good idea to keep a record of your shoulder pain to share with your
doctor at the same time.
Do I need to have surgery? If so,
do I need it immediately?
- What would happen if I
wait six months? One year?
- If I need surgery, what
complications may occur with this kind of surgery?
- How many
surgeries of this type have you done?
- What is the expected
recovery time from surgery?
- How many days will I be in the
hospital after surgery?
- Will I have physical therapy? If
so, how often and for how long?
- Will I need full-time or
part-time care? If so, for how long?
- How soon will I be
able to resume normal lifestyle activities (e.g., work, sports,
housework, gardening, etc.)?
- Will an implant make it
difficult to go through metal detectors?