is recommended to relieve pain, correct a deformity
or restore function of your foot or ankle. Because
most foot surgery is elective, you and your podiatrist
can decide when to have it performed.
surgery is normally performed in one of three
settings: your podiatrist's office, an ambulatory
surgery center or in a hospital. Based on the
type of surgery to be performed, as well as your
age, medical history and health plan, your doctor
will recommend the setting and the type of anesthesia
(local anesthetic, local anesthetic with sedation
or general anesthesia) to be used. Most podiatric
cases are done on an out-patient basis, which
means patients generally go home the same day
of the surgery.
with anyone undergoing surgery, you may need specific
tests or examinations, such as blood and urine
screenings, chest x-rays or an EKG. Your podiatrist
will review your past medical history and may
consult with other medical specialists, depending
on your test results or current health status.
To ensure a rapid and successful recovery following
foot surgery, it is important to follow your podiatric
surgeon's advice. Post-operative instructions
will be issued by your doctor describing post-surgery
care including: ice, bandages, elevation, walking
aids and medication, or just remember RICE:
Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.