At Weil Foot & Ankle Institute, we’ve helped tens of thousands of Lake, Cooke and Roselle-Dupage county patients restore foot function and alleviate painful conditions through podiatric surgery. Although we always believe in exhausting conservative treatment methods first, sometimes surgery is the best or only option for conditions such as bunions, hammertoes, heel spurs, nerve or tendon damage and fractures. Our podiatrists and knowledgeable staff will work closely with you to ensure that your surgical experience is excellent in every way. Below are some tips to help you feel more at ease about an upcoming surgical procedure.
- Get the facts. The first step toward feeling comfortable about a surgery is understanding what is entailed. Ask the podiatrist to explain the entire procedure and what the expected outcome is. Ask questions such as where the surgery will take place, will it be outpatient or require an overnight stay, the type of anesthesia that will be used and whether or not you will need someone to accompany you.
- Learn about recovery. Many patients have concerns about how much pain they will experience post-operatively and what options will be available for managing the pain. The foot doctor will be able to tell you approximately how long it will be before you can walk, drive, go back to work and resume all your normal activities. Make any necessary modifications to your living space if you will be unable to climb stairs or use a bathtub initially.
- Line up some help. Once you have the facts about your procedure and expected recovery, call in the troops. Make sure work projects are in good hands and postpone social engagements and other appointments. Arrange carpools if you have children that need rides while you recover. Finally, accept all offers of help! A prepared meal or an offer to pick up a prescription or just stop by to see if there’s anything you need can all improve the recovery process.
If you have questions about a scheduled surgery or want more information about surgical options for a foot or ankle disorder, don’t hesitate to contact our Bannockburn, Orland Park, Roselle or any of our other 16 conveniently located offices for answers.