Your doctor will first ask you to give details of your complaints. He will want to know where it hurts and where the pain radiates to. He will also ask about the intensity of the pain, its duration and any factors which intensify or ease the discomfort.
What happens before the operation?
Patient assessment – your personal medical history
Physical examination – where does it hurt?
The doctor will first examine your knee, pelvis, hips and spine and, when doing so, will palpate various muscles and bone structures. He will then perform a few movement tests in order to gain an impression of the mobility of the knee joint. He also examines the painfulness of various movements in the knee joint, such as rotation, bending and stretching.