If you’re having foot and ankle surgery, your podiatrist and support team will want you to be as fully prepared for your procedure as possible. That way, you know what to expect – and it may even speed your post-op recovery time. Here are some tips on getting ready for the important day.
Know the Details About Your Surgery
Of course, any surgery can be intimidating, but if you know why you need the procedure you’re getting, what the results are expected to be, and how your recovery will proceed, you’ll feel a lot more empowered and a lot less anxious about your upcoming surgery.
Your podiatrist will tell you in detail why your procedure is the best option for your problem. The information you will be provided should include:
- When to arrive at the surgery center
- What your foot or ankle will look like after surgery
- How you will control pain
- How to recognize signs of infection
- Which, if any, assistive devices you may need (e.g., crutches, boot, walker)
- How to take care of your surgical wound and bandage
- How and when to resume your usual activities, including how to navigate stairs and to get in and out of a vehicle in the recovery period following your surgery
- When you can return to work, exercise, driving, and other activities
Get Your Home Ready for Recovery
There are some general preparation guidelines appropriate for almost any type of foot or ankle surgery. That’s because, in most cases, patients will need to stay off their feet for a specific length of time after the procedure. Most patients will also be dealing with bandages or casting, and many will have difficulty walking, climbing stairs, and performing similar activities during their recovery.
Your doctor will tell you what to expect, based on your particular surgery, and the extent of your condition or injury. It is never too early to begin to prepare your home for your post-op recovery.
- Avoid stairs.Many people stay on one floor of their homes as they recuperate, thus avoiding the need to climb stairs, which may be difficult in the days following your foot or ankle surgery.
- Make it comfy. You should ready a comfortable recliner with a phone, laptop, and television within easy grasp.
- Remove clutter.Get rid of potential trip hazards, such as throw rugs, and clear your expected living area of clutter or debris that may make getting around cumbersome.
- Ensure access to a bathroom.If your bathroom is not nearby, it might be worth getting a portable commode to reduce the distance you must travel to relieve yourself. Even if it is only used for the first few days following surgery, it can be a real lifesaver. Ask your podiatrist if he would recommend this in your situation.
- Workspace adjustments.If you plan to work from home during your recovery, make sure your office space is comfortable and can accommodate your needs post-surgery.
- Enlist help from friends and loved ones. You may need assistance with bathing, dressing, and wound care. Line up willing people ahead of time, and schedule them to come to your home at regular intervals.
- Stock up. Make sure you have plenty of easy-to-prepare meals, and that you are stocked up on your routine medications, pet food, and groceries ahead of your surgery.
If You Don’t Know, Ask
Your podiatrist at The Podiatry Group of South Texas has a wealth of information about your condition, your surgery, and your recovery process.
If there’s something you don’t understand, please ask your podiatrist or one of our friendly support professionals. We are more than happy to help you navigate the surgery process so that you can heal as quickly and completely afterwards.
Foot and Ankle Surgery at The Podiatry Group of South Texas
To learn more about your surgery or any other foot and ankle concern, contact The Podiatry Group of South Texas by calling the location nearest you. We have 14 locations in all, serving San Antonio, Kenedy, Live Oak, Hondo, Boerne, Floresville, and San Antonio, Texas.You can also submit a request for an appointment now.