Surgery Preparedness 101

When you are told you need a surgery for your foot or ankle you can feel a lot of apprehension at the announcement. Surgeries are very serious matters especially if you have an underlying condition that may complicate the operation. Before getting surgery on your foot or ankle it is important to consult with a podiatrist and follow their pre-operation preparation instructions.

What needs surgery?

Before preparing for a surgery, you may be wondering what kind of conditions require surgery. Here are some of the most common conditions that could require surgical intervention.

  • Bunions commonly require surgery to be remedied. Bunions can become so severe that they cause a person to lose mobility. In this case, a podiatrist may suggest surgery to lessen the impact of the bunion.
  • Hammertoes are toes that become bent or clawed and will not go back to normal on their own. This deformity can make it hard for a person to wear footwear properly. Because of this, it is often recommended that a patient undergo surgery so that they prevent further complications with their shoes, gait, and overall health.
  • Morton’s Neuroma is a nerve condition that causes pain and inflammation. The pain can be so great that it becomes too hard to function or move. If this is the case, a podiatrist may suggest a surgery to remove the nerve completely.

Now that you know some of the common foot surgeries, here are the best ways to prepare yourself for a surgery.

  • Read up on all the documentation your podiatrist gives you before your surgery. Many times, they will give you information on the surgical process, aftercare, risks and side effects of the surgery.
  • Select a trusted person to go with you to the surgery. It is likely that you will be unable to drive yourself home after the surgery. This person should be able to drive and help care for you for a few days after your surgery.
  • Compile a list of questions to follow up with and ask your podiatrist. They can address all concerns before the surgery to help you get into a more prepared state of mind.

Surgery can be very nerve-wracking, but a trained podiatrist can make all the difference. Call Syracuse Podiatry located in East Syracuse, New York. Dr. Ryan L. D’Amico, Dr. Payel Ghosh, and their friendly staff will help you get you thoroughly prepared for any foot surgery ahead. Call 315-446-3668 or make an appointment online today.

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