Aftery my surgery how soon can I drive following my procedure?
You will need to have someone drive you home from the hospital and, depending on what type of procedure you have undergone, it could be some weeks before you can drive. Please ask our office staff or Dr. Slater during your consultation for the time frames appropriate for your procedure. Please note, we advise against driving in the cases in which a rehabilitation aid has been provided.
Will I need crutches and where do I get them from?
If walking aids are required following your procedure, they will be provided to you at the hospital.
Will I need rehabilitation/physiotherapy post-surgery?
This is dependent on the type of surgery. Handouts, including a rehabilitation protocol, will be provided to you at your pre-surgery appointment with Dr Slater. These documents can also be found on our ‘Handouts’ page.
If these do not address your questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our team who will work with you to provide the information you need.
What are some of the risks associated with Diabetes?
Diabetes can be detrimental to your overall health and can contribute to a number of serious health conditions such as;
• Heart attack
• Kidney Disease
• Limb amputation
• Blindness (The leading cause of blindness in adults)
How do you control your Diabetes?
Diabetes requires constant management due to the complications that arise from loss of blood flow, lack of sensation, slow healing cuts and ulcerations. Proper management can prevent ulcers and reduce the risk of amputations.
• Always wear shoes: Buy comfortable supportive shoes that fit properly and cushion your feet and also help distribute your weight evenly. Avoid narrow tight fitting shoes.
• Wear clean dry socks: Try to wear socks that help pull any sweat away from your skin. Avoid nylon and tight elastic bands, you don’t want to reduce your circulation even more!
• Don’t smoke: Smoking impairs circulation and reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood stream. This increases your risk of slow healing and makes you more prone to infections.
• Inspect your feet daily: Checking your feet for blisters, cuts, scraps, cracks and any redness or swelling will help you detect quite early if a wound is not healing or has become infected.
• Wash your feet daily: Wash with lukewarm water. Ensure you dry between the toes. A pumice stone can be used where a callus has formed. Talcum powder can be used to keep your skin dry.
• Regular foot check-ups: You should regularly schedule check-ups with your GP or Podiatrist. Check-ups should be made at least once a year, more often if recommended by your doctor. (Clinic, 2015)