Tips to Help You Get Over Your Fear of Foot Surgery

Posted by Dr. Brian Nagy on December 19, 2017

anixous woman biting nailsFoot surgery, or any surgery, can cause feelings of anxiety and fear. And while it’s true that there is a risk associated with any surgery, medical and surgical technologies have greatly increased the safety and effectiveness of most surgeries. So, if your grandma had a terrible experience with bunion surgery 30 years ago, you can rest assured that the techniques and tools used today are much more advanced and you are not destined for the same experience.

We understand that nonetheless, you may still feel nervous about foot surgery. We’ll do our best to help you understand the root of your fears and how you can feel more relaxed about your procedure.  

Why are you nervous about foot surgery?

Most fears stem from a lack of knowledge and the unpredictability of the outcome. There is also an element of not having absolute control over your body. It is normal to feel a little nervous before undergoing a surgical procedure, but you can take steps to feel better and confident.

Do your research

You can learn quite a bit about foot surgery with a little research. For example, did you know that most foot surgeries are performed with minimally invasive techniques?This means that your trusted New Hampshire podiatrist performs your foot surgery through small incisions, using specially designed tools similar to what a jeweler would use.

There are many benefits of minimally invasive surgery. For example, compared to a traditional open surgery, you’ll need less time to recovery, there is a reduced risk of infection, and scarring is also minimized.

Ask questions

Your foot doctor should always be your number one resource for information about a recommended foot surgery. Here at Nagy Footcare we're committed to helping our patients to understand their foot health including conditions, causes, and treatments.

Dr. Nagy and the staff are always available to answer your questions about your condition and your surgery. Dr. Nagy has spent many years studying podiatric medicine and taking care of other patients like you. You can trust his education and experience. He wants you to feel comfortable and confident and will answer your questions until you're satisfied.

Some of the questions you might want to ask include:

  • What exercises should I do to prepare for surgery?

  • What presurgical testing and lab work do I need?

  • How long should the foot surgery take?

  • Do I need to stop taking any medications before surgery?

  • What do I need to do to take care of myself during recovery?

  • When can I get back to my normal activities?

Trust your New Hampshire podiatrist

Dr. Nagy isn't going to prescribe unnecessary foot surgery. In most cases, surgery is suggested when other more conservative forms of treatment haven't been successful in resolving your issue. Dr. Nagy and his staff are committed to protecting and improving your health and wellbeing with effective podiatric care.

Stay positive

It’s also important to maintain a positive outlook as best you can. Instead of focusing on your fears, work on keeping your focus on positive thoughts. For example, this surgery will relieve your foot pain. It will help you get back to activities you enjoy. Dr. Nagy is an experienced podiatrist and you can trust him.

Take control of what you can

Many of your fears may be based on that you can’t control your surgery. You can take control over other aspects of your life to feel more confident and powerful in yourself. For example, before your surgery, you can make a positive change to your diet and exercise habits. You can choose to make time to spend with family and friends. You are in control of your body and life and you are choosing to have this surgery to make it better.

If you have concerns or fears about foot surgery, contact us at Nagy Footcare to schedule an initial consultation with a New Hampshire podiatrist.  At Nagy Footcare, our best day is when you wake up with no foot pain. Don’t let your fears stop that from happening.  

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Topics: Foot Surgery

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