A bunion is a condition in which the big toe gets misaligned and angles in toward the other toes, which causes the base of the big toe to jut out and form a bump at the side of the foot.
Bunion surgery can straighten your toe and relieve the associated complications. Before you undergo surgery, our providers at Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center, with offices in Mesa, Laveen, and Chandler, Arizona, want to give you several tips that can help your surgery go as smoothly as possible.
Tell us as much as possible about your medical history
When you consult with us about your bunion surgery, make sure to tell us everything you can about your personal and family medical history. For example, we should know about any medications and supplements you take.
We should also know about any allergies you may have, especially to medications and materials, such as latex. And, if anyone in your family has a bleeding disorder, we should know that before surgery.
So before you see us, try to bring as much medical information as possible so we can make sure to give you the care you need. And, if you think of more issues or questions later, make sure to call our team.
Get your house ready ahead of time
Getting your house prepped ahead of time can be very helpful. Stock your fridge and pantry with lots of fresh, healthy food. Furthermore, make sure you have the medications on hand that are recommended in your care plan.
You should also grab some flexible ice packs as well as a waterproof cover to keep your surgery site protected when you bathe or shower. Furthermore, try to make the pathways around your house as wide as possible, especially the ones you may use a lot, such as from the couch to the bathroom.
Follow our instructions carefully
After we design your treatment plan, we’ll give you thorough instructions. Make sure to read it completely and ask any question you may have.
For example, we may ask you to stop taking certain medications before your procedure. And, we’ll likely ask you to fast for at least eight hours before your bunion surgery. Following our instructions diligently can help your treatment go as smoothly as possible.
If you have a bunion and want to learn more about your treatment options, book an appointment online or over the phone with Arizona Foot and Ankle Medical Center today. We have offices in Mesa, Laveen, and Chandler, Arizona.