10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Do I need surgery or are there other options to treat my condition?
Surgery is usually recommended only after other treatments, such as physical therapy, medicines and other measures have failed to provide relief. There are some conditions where therapy and non-surgical treatments are totally inadequate and bound to fail, and in these conditions surgery may be the only viable option.
Do I need an orthopedic surgeon for my foot and ankle surgery?
Some patients feel more comfortable having a doctor of medicine perform their care. Orthopedic surgeons have had the most extensive training of all the health providers that treat the foot and ankle. Dr. DeGroot can also treat your knee, hip, and shoulder complaints, and see if they are caused by foot problems.
Should my orthopedic surgeon be board certified ?
Definitely. Dr. DeGroot is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons.
Who will perform my surgery?
Dr. DeGroot performs all of his surgeries. Our hospital is a training site for the Harvard and the Tufts residents and medical students, as well as for Cambridge Health Alliance podiatric surgical residents. These residents observe and assist Dr. DeGroot in surgery.
What kind of anaesthesia will I need and who will be giving it to me?
We are fortunate to have a superb staff of board certified anaesthesiologists. Our surgery center handles more than 12,000 safe surgeries every year. You can rest easy!
What complications might occur with my surgery and how would you manage them?
Dr. DeGroot will take the time to spell out the benefits of the surgery as well as the risks, so that you have a complete understanding of the process.
Will I receive high quality care in your surgery center and in your hospital?
Our hospital and surgery center has been chosen as one of the Top 100 facilities in the country. The findings were based on our low rates of patient complications and mortality, as well as our high marks for patient safety.
How will you control the pain after my surgery?
Dr. DeGroot uses an integrated pain management system that starts the moment you arrive in the surgical holding area and continues throughout your recovery.
How long will it take to get back to activities such as driving and to my job?
This is so variable it is hard to give a general answer. Dr. DeGroot will go over this in detail during the pre-operative discussions. Older patients with major fractures or injuries are not always able to return safely to driving after their recovery, even if they heal fully.
How long will the surgery last?
Most surgeries last from 45 to 120 minutes. Minimally invasive procedures have resulted in significantly shorter procedures in some cases. More information on hip/knee or ankle/foot surgery.