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What to Expect Before and How to Cope After Foot Surgery

by Regina Perry

Unlike other treatment options, surgery is an intense procedure that causes many people to get scared about the outcome. However, with the available information and different advice doctors give to patients, it becomes quite easy to get through the surgery and recovery process. So, here some of the things you can expect before the foot surgery and ways you can cope after the surgery.

What to expect before a surgery

Once your foot surgery date is scheduled, the first thing you can expect your foot surgeon to do is to prepare you for the entire procedure. Your foot surgeon will give the information you need to help you through the entire surgical procedure. The information details what you can expect to be done throughout the whole surgery process, what to bring on the day of surgery, instruction of what to eat or not eat before the surgery and where to go on the day of foot surgery.

In the days leading to your foot surgery, your surgeon will provide you with relevant materials and answer any queries you may have about the procedure. You will also get your bloodwork and other necessary tests taken to determine whether you are still fit for the surgical procedure. If you have any reservations, this is the time to speak it out, as it will give your doctor a clear perception of what your fears are about the procedure. 

What to expect during the day of the surgery

Anesthesia providers and nurses will ensure that everything is set for foot surgery. This means that they have to make sure you get an IV and medication to help you manage the pain during surgery. Once the operation is complete, the next step is recovery.

How to cope after surgery

Recovering from surgery largely depends on how you follow your doctor's instructions. The recovery process begins immediately when the anesthesia wears off. The first step is trying to sit on your bed's edge, as soon as you can, as this prevents you from developing deep vein thrombosis. The second step is controlling the pain. 

Your surgeon will offer you the appropriate medication to help deal with the pain you feel. For foot surgery, after a few weeks, your foot surgeon will encourage you to move around, as this will help deal with the pain. You will also get tips on how to prevent further complications. You will also receive specific instructions on wound care and medication to speed up your healing process.

But, in case the pain exceeds, make sure you visit your podiatrist immediately as it could be a sign of infection.

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