Questions To Ask When Considering Foot Or Ankle Surgery

Here are some questions that may be helpful to ask your doctor when considering foot or ankle surgery. We suggest you print this list and take it with you to your appointment. It’s also a good idea to keep a record of your pain to share with your doctor at the same time.

  1. Do I need to have surgery? If so, when?
  2. What would happen if I wait six months? One year?
  3. What complications can occur with this kind of surgery?
  4. How many of these surgeries have you done?
  5. What is the expected recovery time?
  6. How many days will I be in the hospital after surgery?
  7. Will I have physical therapy? If so, how often and for how long?
  8. Will I need full-time or part-time care? If so, for how long?
  9. When can I lie on the operative side?
  10. How soon will I be able to walk after surgery?
  11. Will I need crutches or a walker? If so, for how long?
  12. How soon will I be able to climb stairs after surgery?
  13. How soon will I be able to drive a car after surgery?
  14. When can I shower after surgery?
  15. How soon will I be able to resume normal lifestyle activities (e.g., work, sports, housework, gardening, etc.)?
  16. Which sports can I participate in?
  17. Are there lifting limits?
  18. When is sexual intercourse feasible after surgery?
  19. Will I set off metal detectors at the airport?
  20. Will I need antibiotics for dental care?
  21. What is the implant made of? Which biomaterials will be used?
  22. What are the potential risks of this surgery?
  23. What can I do to help keep my joint replacement functioning as long as possible?
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Talk to your surgeon about whether joint replacement or another treatment is right for you and the risks of the procedure, including the risk of implant wear, loosening or failure, and pain, swelling and infection. Zimmer Biomet does not practice medicine; only a surgeon can answer your questions regarding your individual symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.