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By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
August 31, 2017
Category: Foot Surgery
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At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care, we often find that once the vacations and activities of summer are over, many patients are ready to have the foot or ankle surgery that they may have been putting off until a quieter time of the year. If you’re one of those people, we want to offer some suggested ways to prepare for your surgery for a fast and easy recovery.

Clear the Calendar—find out the amount of time you can expect to be off your feet. Our foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Varun Gujral and Dr. Nrupa Shah, will be able to tell you approximately how long it will be before you can return to work and regular activities. This way you can make sure important projects on your job are covered and also reschedule any doctor or other appointments you may have until after the recovery period.

Arrange your Home—if your procedure will require you to be off your feet for a period of time, evaluate your home to determine the best place for you to recuperate. If your bedroom is up or down a flight of stairs, you may want to consider temporarily relocating to the main floor. Set up a table near your bed with books, TV remote, music and anything else you think you will want within easy reach. If you will have crutches, a scooter or other assistive devices, you may need to rearrange furniture so that you have a clear pathway to the bathroom and kitchen.

Line up Some Helpers—you will most likely need someone to drive you home the day of the surgery, and if you live alone, it may be a good idea to have someone stay with you for the first day or two  following surgery. If friends offer to help, ask them to make a few easy meals you can have in the fridge or freezer, to pick up prescriptions, run other necessary errands or help with your children.

We want your surgery to be as free from anxiety as possible. If you have more questions about an upcoming foot surgery, don’t hesitate to contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office by calling: 732-662-3050.

By Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care
November 22, 2016
Category: Foot Surgery
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At Affiliated Foot & Ankle Care we know that telling a patient he or she needs podiatric surgery usually brings a stressful reaction. While no one looks forward to a surgical procedure, for many toe, foot and ankle conditions, surgery can provide correction of a problem that will be mean relief from pain and much greater mobility. Some conditions that can be addressed successfully through surgery include: toe deformities, tumors, flatfeet, heel spurs, fractures, joint disease, Neuromas and bunions.

Know What to Expect

Our podiatrists, Dr. Varun Gujral or Dr. Nrupa Shah want to be sure you feel 100% comfortable and confident in your surgical procedure. The key to reassurance is asking questions that will prepare you for what is to come. Here are some issues you may want clarification on:

Where will the surgery be performed? In many cases today surgeries can be performed in the doctor’s office or at an outpatient surgical center.

What type of anesthesia will be used? You’ll want to know if you will have local anesthesia, be completely knocked out or have some combination of local anesthesia and sedation. Most likely, you’ll need someone to drive you home after the surgery, but be sure to confirm this with the foot doctor.

How long will my foot have to be immobilized? It’s important to protect the area operated on after surgery and most patients will need one or more of the following: bandage, splints, cast, surgical or open shoes.

What will my recovery be like? The type of pain relief you’ll require, how long you’ll have to stay off your foot or limit weight bearing, when you’ll be able to return to work and other activities and other post-operative information will help you plan for the days and weeks after your surgery.

Will I need additional therapy? Most likely the foot and ankle surgeon will recommend some post-surgery exercise to help with the recovery process. This may include physical therapy or physiotherapy as well. Ask whether you’ll require special shoes or orthotic devices for the short or long term following surgery.

Getting answers to these and any other questions you have before surgery will set you mind at ease and help you anticipate what the days after the procedure will bring. If you have additional questions about a particular upcoming surgery, don’t hesitate to contact our Edison, Monroe or Monmouth Junction office at: 732-662-3050.