In fact, most patients have a significant level of suffering when they visit an orthopedic surgeon for a new joint. In most cases, the decision as to whether a new joint makes sense is then made quickly – especially since the benefit of such an operation is often very great for the patient, but the risks are quite manageable. Often the question in the consultation is not whether, but when or how quickly the joint replacement can be performed. It is important for you as a patient to know that ultimately you specify the time of surgery. With only a few exceptions, I will never push for a quick surgery date. Also, I will never tell you that you have come too late for an operation. Even advanced arthrosis can be operated on well and successfully.