If you are undergoing elective or non-emergency surgery on your foot or ankle, you’ll likely meet with your surgeon or a member of their care team during a preoperative appointment. These pre-surgical consultations serve a number of purposes, and Dr. McDonald and his team believe they are absolutely essential for ensuring everything stays on track before, during and after surgery. In today’s blog, we explain what a pre-surgical consultation with Dr. McDonald and his team typically looks like, and we share why they are often so helpful for ensuring surgery runs smoothly.

Talking With Your Surgeon Before Foot Surgery

As we mentioned in the introduction, there are a number of reasons why a preoperative consultation with your foot and ankle surgeon is beneficial before you head in for surgery. Here’s a look at why Dr. McDonald believes they can be so helpful.

  • Set Expectations – This consultation gives the surgeon the opportunity to help set and manage expectations for what rehab and recovery will look like. We believe that patients who have realistic goals and who understand what is expected from them after surgery are more likely to have better outcomes. We use this time to explain what we expect your recovery to look like in the short- and long-term so that there aren’t any mismatched expectations.
  • Answer Questions – Another great aspect of the pre-surgical consultation is that it gives the patient a chance to get answers to any questions they might have. We often tell patients to bring questions to this consultation, but also be sure to ask for clarification if you have any questions that come up during the pre-op visit. Patients who have peace of mind and know why surgery will help treat their condition will be in a better position to recover after the procedure.
  • Surgery Day Procedure – Your surgeon will also explain what will happen on the day of surgery and what you should do to help get yourself ready. They may tell you to plan a ride or to avoid eating or drinking a certain number of hours before your operation. They can also explain where you’ll be moved to following the operation and what you can expect to happen prior to your discharge from the surgery center. This helps the patient plan their stay and develop a plan for returning home
  • Recovery Timeline – We also use this appointment to explain how we see your recovery progressing. We’ll talk about how long you’ll be non-weight bearing or on assistive walking devices, and chart a course for physical therapy. Your specific timeline will be adjusted based on your progression, but we can give you an estimated timetable to return to specific tasks like walking, driving or working.
  • Pros, Cons And Risks – A surgeon wouldn’t be doing their job if they didn’t touch on the pros, cons and risks associated with surgery. Oftentimes the potential downsides and risks are very minimal, but the patient needs to be made aware of these and learn how to spot signs of a problem after their operation. We also explain what we do during and after an operation to help mitigate these risks.
  • What We Want From You – One final thing we’ll touch on during the pre-op consultation is what we want to see from you in the days and weeks leading up to surgery. It may be as simple as monitoring your diet and staying hydrated, or your surgeon may want you to lose some weight or keep your blood glucose levels within a specific range leading up to surgery. We want you to be able to do what you need to give yourself the best chance at a successful operation, and we’ll explain how you can do just that during our pre-surgical consultation.

So if you want to trust your operation to a surgeon who will help manage expectations, answer questions and ensure you know how to prepare for your surgeon, trust your care to Dr. McDonald and his team. For more information or for help with your foot or ankle issue, reach out to his clinic today at (860) 244-8889.

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