What Should I Ask My Podiatrist Before Foot Surgery?


Heading into any kind of surgery can be nerve-wracking. Questions flood your brain but you’re not always sure which ones are relevant or will help defog your mind about the procedure. Here at Bay Podiatry Associates, we want surgery to go as smoothly as possible and we want you to feel confident and comfortable throughout the process. We encourage you to ask questions and we are happy to answer any inquiry.

If you’re having trouble focusing, we’ve compiled a list of frequently-asked questions. You may have more questions, and the answers below are just a general overview. Depending on your specific issue, you may receive a different answer to your question. You can use these questions as a guide as you discuss surgery with Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas.

1.     How should I prepare?

In the days leading up to surgery, you will likely need an “all-clear” from your primary care doctor. This may include blood work or x-rays. Your doctor will likely recommend you stop smoking before your surgery, as the chemicals in cigarettes can affect your blood flow. Smoking cigarettes can actually slow down the healing process from surgery. You might also be instructed to stop taking certain medications or prescribed new ones before your surgery.

2.    Can I eat or drink directly before surgery?

Usually you should not eat or drink before surgery, but check with us before your appointment for clarification.

3.    What should I pack for surgery day?

You will need a form of ID such as a driver’s license, your medical insurance information, and any paperwork that was assigned to you beforehand, either from our office or your primary care provider.

4.    Will I be put under during surgery?

Anesthesia differs from procedure to procedure. Local anesthetic that simply numbs the area may be administered, or you may be put completely to sleep.

Other questions that you might want to ask, but vary greatly depending on the surgical procedure include:

5.    How long will my hospital stay be?

6.    What does recovery look like?

7.    Will I need physical therapy?

8.    When will my follow-up appointment be scheduled?

Dr. Mantzoukas has extensive training in surgically correcting foot deformities including bunions and hammertoes. He is qualified and experienced in assessing and completing surgical procedures utilizing state-of-the-art, minimally invasive surgery techniques. Our caring, knowledgeable staff is also here to answer all questions. No matter what kind of surgery or procedure you are heading into, give us a call today at (718) 266-1986.