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.