Today’s surgical techniques are extremely safe and work out favorably for the vast majority of patients. If you’ve had your surgery performed by a qualified podiatrist, your chance of complications is very low.
Nonetheless, you should know the warning signs of post-surgery problems. Complications don’t happen often, but it’s important to be armed with the right information. In particular, patients should know the early signs of an infection. This will ensure your foot surgery recovery goes as smoothly as possible and you can receive early treatment to combat the infection if needed.
Common Signs of Infection
Although infections are uncommon, and very serious infections are extremely rare, your podiatrist will talk with you about watching the incision for signs of a problem. You’ll want to identify the problem early so you can get proper treatment and minimize any problems with healing. Signs that warrant a call to your podiatrist include:
- Severe pain
- Pain that gets worse during the days after surgery instead of better
- Redness around the surgical site
- Unusual fluid or pus draining from the incision
- Fever, sweating, or chills
Preventing an Infection
Some infections can be prevented with proper post-surgical care. Be sure to follow your podiatrist’s guidelines for changing any bandages, cleaning the area, and showering or bathing. In general, you’ll need to make sure your hands have been washed carefully with soap and water before touching the area. This can help prevent any bacteria from entering your body.
Not all infections can be prevented, but care of the incision after surgery and watching for warning signs of infection will help ensure a smooth and healthy recovery.
Most infections are treated with antibiotics, and the type of antibiotic you get will depend on your individual case. If you do need an antibiotic, your surgeon will discuss this with you. Be sure to take the complete course of medication, even after you feel better.
Successful Foot Surgery
Foot surgery is highly successful when performed by an experienced podiatrist. But, be sure your podiatrist has explored non-surgical options with you and has covered possible risks before you move forward with any surgical procedure. Podiatrists are trained in treating many foot problems with non-invasive methods, so surgery should be a last resort.
If you do require surgery to correct your issue, be sure you choose a podiatrist who is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Podiatric Surgery. This will ensure that your surgeon is properly trained and experienced, giving you the safest experience possible.
And if you have any questions after your surgery, don’t hesitate to call your podiatrist and ask. We’re here to help!
Do you have a foot problem that needs attention? Contact Dr. Jeffery LaMour to schedule your appointment today!