You might need foot surgery for a variety of reasons. After foot surgery, you need to rest and recover. Dr. Steve Sharlin provides foot surgery, including bunion surgery, from his offices at The Foot Care Group. Dr. Sharlin treats new and existing patients from Hinsdale, Libertyville, and the Streeterville community of Chicago, Illinois.
If you have foot surgery scheduled soon, it’s time to start thinking about your preparation strategy. Do you have everything checked off your list? It’s a lot easier to prepare for foot surgery than it is to deal with post-surgery recovery unprepared!
Here are some points that Dr. Sharlin advises you to consider before your scheduled surgery. You can also discuss your plans with Dr. Sharlin to make sure you’re not forgetting anything essential in your surgery prep. Be sure to follow all the recommendations you receive from Dr. Sharlin related to your upcoming foot surgery.
Preparation in your home
After you come out of foot surgery, you’re likely to experience some temporary difficulty getting around. This might last for a few weeks, or even a few months, depending on your procedure and overall condition.
While it’s easier to do, prepare your home and recovery space now, saving yourself frustration and pain later on.
You might need to change your sleeping arrangements to ensure that you don’t have to navigate stairs to get to bed. It’s also important to have access to a bathroom or portable commode. You may need to plan on installing support bars in the primary bathroom you’ll be using.
In general, you’ll need to have things within arms’ reach after your surgery. That includes a phone! Set up tables, shelves, chargers, and drop spots as needed.
Depending on how long you expect to be out of commission during post-surgery recovery, think about stocking up on nonperishable or frozen foods. Preparing food ahead of time to freeze is another helpful strategy to get you through recovery without compromising the quality of your nutrition and diet.
Don’t forget about stocking up on other household goods, as well. Toilet paper is just the start. You don’t want to run out of personal essentials during your recovery period.
Preparing your support network
Foot surgery also means that you’ll need the support of a strong network for your best recovery. Get in touch with friends and family before your scheduled procedure and let them know about your anticipated needs.
You may want to ask for help with in-home care, food preparation, housekeeping, medication pick-up, and pet care. If you have large pets, or pets with demanding care needs, it might even be a good idea to board your pet during your convalescence. Falling over the dog isn’t fun when you’re trying to recover from foot surgery!
Dr. Sharlin forms a key cornerstone of your post-surgery support network. He provides you with medications and care instructions to help with every step of your recovery.
For more information on what you can expect after foot surgery, including personalized recommendations for recovery preparation, contact Dr. Sharlin at The Foot Care Group today. You can book an appointment by calling now, or you can request your appointment online.