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Table 3 Total hip arthroplasty – number of patients that answered for each of the five ratings

From: What questions do patients undergoing lower extremity joint replacement surgery have?

  1 (least important) – 5 (most important)
Question 1 2 3 4 5
Will the surgery affect my abilities to care for myself? 0 2 1 5 21
Am I going to need physical therapy? 0 1 5 3 20
How mobile will I be after my surgery? 1 2 0 1 24
When will I be able to walk normally again? 0 1 3 8 17
What are my options if I decide not to receive surgery? 0 0 2 5 22
Will the surgery cause pain afterwards? 0 1 4 6 18
How long will I be in the hospital? 1 2 5 3 17
Is there anything I can do to eliminate pain after surgery? 0 2 2 15 10
Will I receive medication to manage the pain? 0 0 4 14 11
How will I use the restroom after the surgery? 0 3 7 10 8
Will I have an increased chance of bleeding after surgery? 2 3 6 11 7
Will I need somebody to take me to & from physical therapy? 0 3 9 10 7
After surgery what is my physical therapy going to be like? 2 2 6 13 6
What is the cost of my surgery and physical therapy? 1 2 6 13 6
How common is the condition I have? 2 2 8 10 7
How flexible is the physical therapy program after surgery? 0 2 9 12 6
Where can I get more information about my disease and the potential treatments available? 0 4 7 12 6
Will I see the orthopedic surgeon after the surgeon? 0 5 7 4 13
How will I be able to bathe myself after the surgery? 0 3 10 4 12
Will the surgery affect the way I sleep? 1 3 7 6 12
How long will I be under anesthesia? 0 1 9 5 14
Who will take care of me after I leave the hospital? 1 4 7 8 9
Do I continue taking medications during rehabilitation? 0 1 10 9 9
Are there people I can reach for more information & support? 0 3 11 5 10
How many patients like me have decided to have this treatment? 2 6 7 10 4
Will my surgery decision affect my social life? 3 5 10 4 7
Will I be able to do household chores or work on the garden after the surgery? 3 2 11 6 7
Will the physical therapy make me tired? 2 9 11 4 3
Will the surgery affect my sexual functioning? 3 3 11 5 7
Will my surgery decision change the way I look? 4 3 10 5 7