We all know that stress takes a toll on our bodies, but here’s an interesting fact I discovered from a new study: elevated stress levels before foot or ankle surgery can actually negatively effect the outcome of a procedure!
According to Dr. Sarah Klein’s presentation at the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society Annual Meeting, patients with elevated pre-operative anxiety levels reported more pain and less function after their elective foot and ankle surgeries.
To reach these findings, Dr. Klein followed 88 patients who had surgery between May and December 2016 and categorized them in two groups: those with PROMIS anxiety scores higher and lower than 60.
Post surgery, Klein discovered that patients in the lower anxiety group experienced similar levels of improvement in pain and function to those in the higher anxiety group, but those in the higher anxiety group reported higher pain and less function than those in the lower group for six months after their procedures.
In our office, we understand the importance of reducing patient’s anxiety. First and foremost, we know surgery can be scary, which is why we always consider less-invasive treatment options as our first plan of attack. We also take the time to discuss treatment plans with our patients so their comfort and understanding levels are as high as possible, ensuring the best possible surgical outcomes from our Houston podiatry office.
Surgery is never fun, but it’s sometimes unavoidable. To learn your options and undergo a low-stress surgical consultation, schedule an appointment with Dr. Schneider today!