Surgical ProceduresAdvanced Healing Options
Needles and scalpels and stitches—oh my! That, at least, is often what comes to people’s minds when they hear the word “surgery.” Just the idea of an invasive correcting procedure can be enough to keep some away from a doctor, even when they really need the medical attention. Yet sometimes, the pain and damage to your body is such that surgery is the most effective way to recover. Even though opening up the body is always a big deal, advances in modern medicine have made surgical procedures for the feet and ankles significantly safer with shorter recovery times.
For most foot ankle conditions, surgery is considered a last resort. Conservative measures have been tried and failed to provide sufficient pain relief or correction of the problem. That’s when surgery is approached as an option. In some cases, like ruptured connective tissues or displaced broken bones, invasive intervention is actually the best way to avoid chronic pain, weakness, or even deformities. Serious arthritis, joint disease, tumors, and birth deformities may need more invasive remedies as well. For common conditions like bunions, hammertoes, flatfeet, spurs, calluses, warts, and corns, though, that kind of intervention is saved for patients who are not responding to other care.
No matter why it is performed, a surgical procedure is always undertaken with significant preparation (Download our form on how to prepare for foot & ankle surgery here.) Before any procedure, we will go through a number of tests or examinations to make sure we have the most accurate information we need to be able to successfully correct the problem in your lower limbs. We will evaluate your foot and ankle biomechanics as well as use different diagnostic images, to identify the structures that need repair and the best way to approach the issue. We may require additional health tests as well.
Road to Recovery
Most surgeries today are actually performed in an outpatient setting, like a private office or surgical center. Local anesthesia is applied to the area, and you may or may not be sedated for the event, depending on your needs. After the surgery is finished, you will need to follow all your aftercare instructions to aid your healing. Your foot or ankle may be immobilized in a boot or cast to keep it from moving unnecessarily and accidentally damaging the surgery site. You may be asked not to put weight on the affected foot for a time as well. As the lower limb heals, you may need to participate in physical therapy to build up your strength and prevent additional injuries. Once your foot is completely recovered, you can usually return to wearing normal shoes and doing your regular activities, though you may need orthotics to continue to protect your lower limbs.
We are specially trained and experienced in several areas of surgery, including:
- Achilles surgery
- Ankle surgery
- Arthritis surgery
- Bunion surgery
- Cyst removal
- Flatfoot correction
- Hammertoe surgery
- Heel surgery
- Metatarsal surgery
- Nerve surgery (Neuroma)
- Toe surgery
If you’re struggling with pain in your feet or ankles, don’t let fear of surgery keep you from seeking the help you need. Conservative remedies are our preferred method of treatment, saving invasive procedures for feet and ankles that really need them to restore full health and functionality. If you need surgery, don’t avoid the issue and allow the condition to get worse; you may experience a longer recovery time with higher risks as a result. Instead, contact Pequest Foot and Ankle Specialists for an appointment or more information. Visit the website contact page or call our Belvidere office at (908) 475-8750 to reach us.