How to Prepare for Foot Surgery

Dr. Corey Fox
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Director of Massapequa Podiatry Associates

Surgical teamThe stakes might not be as high, but getting ready for Halloween can be a little like knowing how to prepare for foot surgery. In both cases, you need to plan ahead and create a list of actions to be taken. As we think about the upcoming holiday, your list might include things like picking out the right costumes, putting up scary decorations, and stocking up on treats for trick-or-treaters. Of course, if Halloween isn’t your cup of tea, you might make plans to not be around or keep the lights off!

Now, foot surgery preparation is a bit different. As we alluded to, the stakes are always higher when it comes to health considerations. At Massapequa Podiatry Associates, we will always utilize conservative treatment options first—and we have some state-of-the-art methods and equipment that are highly effective—but sometimes surgery is necessary.

Some of the considerations you need to keep in mind when preparing for foot surgery include:

  • Schedule time off from work. You will need time both for your procedure and the recovery process, so make sure you let your employer know. As we discuss your surgery together, we can let you know what you should expect timewise.
  • Follow instructions about when to eat (or not) before surgery. This will be dictated by whether or not anesthesia is going to be used, and what kind is administered.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing. Comfortable clothing isn’t always the most stylish, but you will be glad you opted for loosing-fitting clothes when you put them back on over the surgical site.
  • Arrange a ride home. Both anesthesia and the affected foot itself are reasons you will likely need someone else to drive you to and from the procedure.
  • Make plans for child care. If you have children living at home, especially younger ones, you may need to ask your spouse or family members to help with child care. You will need to spend time resting during recovery and your mobility may be limited, so chasing kids around is out of the question.

Your most important surgery preparation, though, is to make sure you schedule your procedure with Massapequa Podiatry Associates. We have the right staff and equipment to make sure your procedure goes as smoothly as possible. Call our Long Island practice at (516) 541-9000 for more information, or contact us online today!

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