Preparing for Surgery
Some of the considerations you need to keep in mind when preparing for a foot, ankle, or orthopedic surgery include:
- Scheduling time off from work. You need time both for your procedure and the recovery process, so make sure you let your employer know. We will, of course, discuss expected and potential timelines with you before your procedure.
- Following instructions about when to eat (or not) before surgery. This depends on whether anesthesia is going to be used, and what kind is administered.
- Wearing loose-fitting clothing. Comfortable clothing isn’t always the most stylish, but you’ll be glad you opted for loose-fitting clothes when you put them back on over the surgical site.
- Arranging a ride home. Usually necessary following any procedure where anesthesia is used, or when the specific surgical procedure impairs safe operation of a motor vehicle.
- Making plans for childcare. If you have children living at home, especially younger ones, you may need to ask your spouse or family members to help with childcare.
Post-Operative Care and Recovery
The actual procedure is, of course, an important part of the whole process, but you do not want to underestimate the importance of post-surgical care. This stage is essential for your safety and optimal recovery.
We will provide specific postoperative instructions, and your ability to heal correctly will depend on you following them. Some general considerations include:
- Rest. You will need to give your body the chance to perform its natural healing processes after the procedure.
- Medication. The pain-relieving properties of medicine certainly play a role, but the anti-inflammatory ones can be immensely helpful to your recovery as well.
- Restricted movement. We may recommend you limit how much you move the affected area for at least a certain period.
- Assistive devices. Braces, casts, or other devices may be prescribed to help you protect and keep weight off the surgery site, but still allow you to be mobile.
- Physical therapy. Stretching and strengthening exercises are essential for making sure your movement is as natural as possible as you recover.
- Hygienic practices. It is essential that you keep any insertion points clean to reduce your infection risk.
- Follow-up appointments. We will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and ensure everything is mending like it should.
When you need a surgical procedure to put your pain behind you, Premier Podiatry & Orthopedics is here to help. Call our office at 916-961-3434 for more information or to schedule your appointment today.