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Joint Replacement Myth #6: Delaying Elective Foot Surgery

In this mini-article, Dr. Lee discusses delaying elective foot surgery. 

Myth: Foot surgery should always be put off until you can no longer stand it.

Response: While elective foot surgery can be delayed, or scheduled at the patient’s convenience, it typically should not be put off indefinitely. Most conditions will worsen with time and could potentially deteriorate to the point that a different surgery may be needed to correct the problem.

As a general rule, the patient should discuss with their surgeon if, and how long, a surgery can be delayed as well as any ramifications of delaying the surgery. While “living with” the discomfort or deformity for a period may be necessary, it can be detrimental to wait until you simply cannot walk on it or stand the pain.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. Talk to your surgeon about the risks associated with your procedure, and the risks of waiting to have the surgery. You can also find information by clicking one of the links below.

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