At Paul Klein, DPM FACFAS, we always strive to correct foot problems with the least invasive measures possible. There are times, however, when surgery is the best or only answer to a foot health injury or problem. If you are a patient who requires foot surgery, we want to make the experience as easy and comfortable as possible. We also want to eliminate any uncertainty or anxiety you may be feeling. Below are some questions to help you address issues to help alleviate stress about your surgery:
1. Can you tell me the details of my surgical procedure? Our foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Paul G. Klein will be able to give you an explanation of what will happen during your surgery. In addition, you’ll want to ask where the surgery will be done, what type of anesthesia will be used, if you need to do any special prepping the day before and whether or not you’ll need a ride home that day or if you’ll be staying overnight.
2. What will the recovery be like? Most patients are concerned about pain levels and discomfort following a surgical procedure. Our foot doctor will be able to tell you if you will need prescription or over the counter pain medication, and if other measures, such as icing, will be helpful in decreasing post-op discomfort.
3. For how long do I need to clear my calendar? Ask the podiatrist how long you will have to be off your feet and when you will be able to drive, go back to work and resume normal activities. This information will help you know how to manage work and family activities and figure out if you need to delegate any important tasks while you are recuperating. Another important calendar question is whether or not you will need to schedule physical therapy or other postoperative follow ups.
4. What modifications do I need to make at home? Your foot doctor will tell you if you will need any assistive devices, such as crutches or a knee scooter after your surgery. It’s a good idea to be sure you create clear pathways free of clutter in your home for when you return from surgery to minimize the risk of falling. You may want to set up a temporary bedroom downstairs if you are normally on an upper floor so you can avoid stairs. Be sure to stock the fridge and pantry and take all offers of help from friends and family!
Your foot surgery will greatly improve your quality of life. By doing a little advance planning, you can minimize the disruption to your life and put the focus on a safe and speedy recovery. If you have additional questions about foot surgery or want to schedule an appointment, contact our Wayne, NJoffice by calling: 973-595-1555.