Foot and ankle surgery is a specialised area. Every patient is different and Mr Goldbloom will devote time for discussing goals of surgery to achieve the best outcome. It is important that you play your part in ensuring your procedure and recovery run smoothly. Therefore, it is important to be familiar with instructions both pre and post operatively. If there is anything you do not understand, please ask.
Results vary from patient to patient. It can take between 3-12 months to achieve your desired outcome.
This will be related to a number of factors including:
It is very likely you will be required to purchase a foot or ankle support to protect the work done during surgery. You may also require a mobility aid to assist you in getting around. It is worthwhile planning a week in advance to ensure you have time to source the footwear and trial the aids required before your surgery.
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Fasting is required to make your anaesthetic as safe as possible. The Anaesthetist may cancel your surgery if you are not fasted. Do not eat or drink after:
These time frames are to be adhered to unless our team instruct you otherwise.
Please remove all nail polish and make up. Leave valuables and jewellery at home. Wear loose clothing that you can easily fit over bulky dressings. Please ensure your feet and nails are clean.
When it is safe for you to be discharged, you will need someone to take you home after surgery.
A local anaesthetic will be given to you at the time of surgery. It will provide you with pain relief for approximately 6-18 hours after surgery. As this wears off you will begin to feel tingling or pain in your foot. When this occurs, you should alert the nurses and you will begin taking oral pain medication as prescribed. Your Anaesthetist will provide you pain relief to take home. Your pain must be under control before you go home.
You will have a consultation with Mr Goldbloom and the Wound Nurse Specialist approximately 2-3 weeks after your surgery. Depending on your surgery and needs, you may require further review with Mr Goldbloom.