For many patients, deciding to have surgery following an injury can be incredibly difficult. The thought of surgery can be daunting, yet ensuring the best outcome for your injury is
important. To make the best decision for your circumstances, it is important to have the right information. Here are a few questions you might want to consider before making your final choice.
How much will surgery cost and will I need to take time off work?
One of the major downsides of surgery is that you will often need to take time off work to recover, resulting in lost income. The cost of the surgery itself may not be completely covered, particularly for elective procedures and you will often need to visit physiotherapy afterwards. The cost of surgery can really add up, and if you can achieve similar results with physiotherapy, you might find yourself in a much better financial situation.
What are the potential complications and success rates for your surgery?
All surgeries come with risks and potential complications, the probability of these will vary depending on the type of surgery, your age and general health. It is also important to compare the success.
rates of surgery with a period of physiotherapy treatment.
In some cases, however, healing simply will not occur without surgical intervention and physiotherapy will have little success in resolving the issue.
What are your post-surgical goals?
Not everyone wants to ski down a mountain, but for some, being able to push and trust their bodies is important for both their income and quality of life. Surgery might be the right decision for someone who has high athletic demands on their body, but not for another person who is less active. Setting your goals for your body can help to guide your decision-making process.
Before making any major decisions, it is important to consult your medical team to ensure you are well educated in all the risks and benefits of choosing surgery.