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Pre-Op Tips

Are you having reconstructive foot or ankle surgery soon? Surgery may sound frightening, but it is not as bad as some make it out to be! Being prepared before surgery is important. It may also help calm your nerves and speed up your recovery!

The first thing you should do is ask your podiatrist questions about the procedure. This is your time to voice any concerns you may have. Before you go in for surgery, set up a cooler by your bed or couch that contains ice packs, food and drinks. This will limit the amount of times you have to get up off your resting place. Make sure you have a waterproof cover for your cast as well so you are able bathe. Remember, if your cast gets wet you are more at risk for an infection. Have crutches, a post-op shoe and all prescriptions filled before you go in for surgery. Also, don’t eat or drink anything the night before.

It’s normal to be a little nervous the day of your surgery. Wear loose fitting clothes and if advised, take any medications you would normally take the day of your surgery. Do not wear makeup, jewelry, contacts or dental appliances and leave all your valuables at home. Don’t forget your ID, health insurance card and post-op boot or crutches! Lastly, have a family member or friend drive you home once the procedure is completed.

Questions? Call Gentle Touch Foot Care at (973) 673-FOOT or visit our website. Your recovery will go more smoothly if you prepare for surgery. Remember, Drs. Theall and Sam are here to answer your questions. We wish you a speedy recovery!

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