Prepare for Bunion Surgery Los Angeles & New York City
A Good Result After Bunion Surgery Starts With Proper Patient Education
If you want to have the best bunion surgery results then its important to prepare for bunion surgery. Patients who follow post bunion surgery instructions tend to have better results. While you may have the best bunion surgeon performing your bunionectomy, you must also be the best patient you can be.
While many patients travel to New York City or Los Angeles for bunion surgery with Dr. Blitz, some patients simply cannot make the trip, and below are some important guidelines to help you do things to improve your chances of having a successful bunion surgery from the patients side.
Three Steps To Helping Yourself Get The Best Outcome After Bunion Surgery
Step 1. Learn About Walking After Bunion Surgery
Dr. Blitz’ revolutionary bunion surgery techniques allow for immediate walking after bunion surgery without casts or crutches no matter the size of the bunion. Dr. Blitz developed a patented medical implant for bunion surgery that holds the bone steady after surgery allowing him to walk his patients.
Not all bunion surgeons perform advanced techniques that all immediate walking after surgery. Typically smaller bunions allow for immediate walking where are larger bunions may require a cast and crutches – but Dr. Blitz is able to walk even the large bunions right after surgery. If your surgeon does not practice these advanced techniques and cast and crutches are necessary, you should follow your bunion surgeons postop protocol because not doing so may adversely affect your outcome and results.
Step 2. Learn About The Anesthesia Requirements For Bunion Surgery
The procedure for bunion surgery may be performed under local, regional, general or spinal anesthesia depending on the amount of work your bunion surgeon needs to do as well as your general medical health. You should discuss this with your foot surgeon as well as the anesthesiologist.
- Local Anesthesia: Local anesthesia means that the area (foot) will be anesthetically numbed, which is often performed in conjunction with some sort of sedation. The sedation portion will make you drowsy and sleepy.
- Regional Anesthesia: A regional for Bunion Surgery often involves numbing the leg from the knee down (known as a popliteal block), which is also performed in conjunction with sedation.
- Spinal Anesthesia: If a spinal anesthetic is required, then an anesthesiologist will temporarily numb you from the waist down.
- General Anesthesia: If general anesthesia is needed, then an anesthesiologist will put you to sleep for the procedure.
Step 3. Get Your Home Ready
With bunion surgery, you should prepare your home as well as arrange your support system. Some things that may be helpful are:
- Stock the refrigerator and pantry.
- Cook some meals in advance to get you through the first few days.
- Obtain ice packs and place them in the freezer.
- Place commonly used items in easy to reach places.
- Practice with crutches (if you will need them).
- Have extra-pillows to elevate your limb after surgery.
- Keep the phone near your bed and/or couch.
- Go to the bathroom before going to sleep.
- Purchase a shower protector to keep your bandages dry.
- Rearrange your furniture to allow for easy passage.
- Program your surgeons phone # in your phone in case of emergency.
- Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for help.
- Get your pain medicine before the day of surgery.
How Long Will You Be Laid Up And Out Of Work?
Depending on your line of work, you could be back to work shortly after your surgery if you have sedentary job. If your job requires walking and/or standing, you may be advised to take more time off. Your foot surgeon will tell you how long you should stay out of work.
In some employment situations, it may be helpful to plan your surgery around holidays and vacations. Today, some people telecommute or have their work brought to their home. Be sure to explore your options.
Because Dr. Blitz’ techniques get you on your feet fast allowing you to ambulate in a small surgical shoe in most situations, he is able to get his patients back to work a few days after bunion surgery.