If you have ever considered surgery, you knew why you were getting it and what your probable outcomes were, right?

Surgical tools laid out in the foreground with surgeons in the background performing surgery.

Many times with musculoskeletal surgeries, this remains unclear. The surgeon and the patient are not on the same page– about why they are doing the surgery, what the expected recovery is like, and what happens later down the road.

One of my patients came to my office to get a second opinion about her proposed knee surgery.

Her Doctor said it was time for a knee replacement. He suggested this based on her x-ray showing osteoarthritis.

However, she was going to CrossFit 4 times a week and her knee didn’t hurt. She avoided 2 specific exercises, but rarely had to modify her workouts.

A woman standing in a wide stance with her hands on her knees.

She asked: “will this surgery give me my range of motion back so I can fully bend?”

The surgeon said: “no, this will probably make the range of motion worse.”

Reasonably, she responded: “THEN WHY WOULD I DO IT?!”

She came into our office looking for that second opinion.

Sure enough, through targeted hip, knee, ankle, and core progressions, we were able to give her control of her range of motion. She regained about 70% of her prior knee range of motion that she missed, and that was enough for her!

Surgery would NOT have given her the results she wanted. She was SO GLAD that she didn’t take the surgeon’s suggestion and asked the right questions.

You really do have to take your care into your own hands.  Ask the right questions, and make sure your treatment WILL GET YOU THE RESULTS YOU WANT.

That is my #1 focus for my patients: listen, keep track of their goals, and make sure we can hit them.

I am always willing to listen and help you get the results you want if it is in my power and expertise, so never hesitate to reach out or send someone to me for a consult!