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Pre- and Post-Operative Instructions: How to Make Your Foot Surgery As Easy As Possible

Prior to your surgery you will receive a surgical packet explaining many aspects of the surgical process. The exception to this is if your surgery was scheduled urgently, or not enough time was available to mail you the packet. In these cases, the packet will be given to you on the day of surgery. Enclosed in this packet you will find the following forms vital to your surgery:

  • post-operative instructions
  • post-operative prescriptions
  • appointment card for your first post-operative follow up appointment
  • prescription for crutches / walker / wheelchair (if applicable)
  • parking permit order (if applicable)
  • orders for preoperative lab work

Your arrival time to the surgery center will vary by which center you are scheduled at. The surgical coordinator will give you exact instructions on this time, which is usually 1 or 1 1/2 hours prior to the actual surgical time. In order to be prepared do not eat or drink after midnight or eight hours prior to your surgery. Leave all valuables at home. Wear something comfortable and easy to get in and out of. The dressing may be bulky so clothing must be able to fit over it. You will be given a surgical shoe or boot to wear home. You will need at least two ice packs for each foot that surgery is performed on. Please place these ice packs in the freezer the day before surgery is scheduled. Please note that, depending on your surgery center, you may receive a Cryo-Cuff icing system.

You will have an IV started in the pre-op area and your anesthesia will be given through this unless you are scheduled for local anesthesia. General anesthesia will have another level of anesthetic inhaled through the mouth. After surgery you will be in a recovery area for approximately 1 hour. This can vary depending on the length of your surgery and the type of anesthesia administered. You WILL need someone to drive you home (not a taxi) and stay with you for the first 24 hours.

Note: If you are taking any type of weight loss supplement (prescription, over-the-counter, or herbal), please immediately let the surgical coordinator know as this may affect your ability to tolerate anesthesia.

 

Post-Surgical Care Instructions:

Home Care Instructions After Surgery