Your evaluation will begin with a questionnaire which is quite long, but very important. It helps us understand your pain, limitations, and medical history. We must know all of your medications and any medical problems such as heart disease,
lung disease or diabetes. It is very important for us to know if you have any infectious problems which could cause an infection of your new prosthesis. Some of these are:
- Active Gall Bladder Disease
- Active Infection of the Skin
- Prostate Gland Disorders
- Urinary Tract Tnfections
- Gingivitis (gum disease)
After your history is taken, a physical exam is performed. Your leg lengths are measured, the range of motion of your hips and knees are measured and their muscle strength evaluated. Your gait (the way you walk) may be observed and other involved joints examined.
Next, your x-rays are evaluated. It is very helpful if you can obtain x-rays of your hip that have been taken in the past. A number of additional x-rays may be obtained in our office. These are necessary to thoroughly evaluate your hips and thoroughly plan the surgery. You will be allowed to see the x-rays and we will explain the findings.
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