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