Foot Surgery After Care Advice

  • Reference Number: HEY-711/2015
  • Departments: Orthopaedics

Introduction

This information has been produced to give you general advice following your discharge. If after reading this leaflet you have any concerns or require further explanation, please discuss this with the nurse caring for you.

Your Consultant is:  ________________________________________________

Date and time of surgery:  __________________________________________

Should you need any further help or advice, please telephone the Day Surgery Service, 07.30am  to 07.30pm Monday to Friday on Tel: (01482) 675068.

At other times, please telephone (01482) 875875 and ask for the Fracture Clinic, Hull Royal Infirmary or Ward 9, Castle Hill Hospital.

Today you have had: _______________________________________________

Special Instructions:

Dressings

Please keep the dressing clean and dry until you are seen in the outpatient clinic.

Stitches

If you have stitches that need to be removed, these will be taken out at your 2 week appointment. Absorbable stitches may take several weeks to completely dissolve.

Wires

If you have a wire in your toe, you will be given further instructions at your outpatient appointment.  Wires are usually left in place for approximately 6 weeks.

Pain

You may experience some moderate pain following this procedure and this is not unusual.  We recommend that for the first 24 – 72 hours you take a regular pain relief medication such as paracetamol or ibuprofen (not aspirin).  (Ibuprofen may not be suitable for asthmatics).

If there is persistent pain, which is increasing or not resolving despite regular, adequate pain medication, please contact the Day Surgery Service/Fracture Clinic or Ward 9 at Castle Hill Hospital on the telephone numbers at the beginning of this leaflet.

Advice (if discharged within 24 hours

Swelling

You must keep your foot elevated for at least 48 hours and as much as possible in the first 2 weeks following surgery, to reduce swelling.

You should contact the Day Surgery Service, the Fracture Clinic or Ward 9 at Castle Hill Hospital or your own GP immediately if you notice any of the following:

  • Persistent discolouration of your toes despite elevation, white toes, redness or persistent numbness.

Walking

Your nurse will show you how to walk on your heel weight bearing sandals.

Work

Your surgeon will advise you when it is safe for you to return to work.

Driving

Unless the surgery was to your left foot and you drive an automatic car, you will not be able to drive until you are fully weight bearing. You will not be covered by insurance. Please check with your consultant regarding special circumstances.

Follow-up

If an appointment is required, it will be sent to you in the post.

Important

You need a responsible adult to remain with you for 24 hours after your operation.  Following your anaesthetic, you should not operate machinery or household appliances, take alcoholic drinks or make important decisions for 24 hours.

After your operation

Should you need to visit your GP (family doctor) with a problem related to the operation within 3 weeks of the surgery, we would appreciate you contacting the Day Surgery Service and ask to speak to one of the nurses.  This will enable us to monitor your progress.

Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this leaflet, please do not hesitate to contact the Day Surgery Service on Tel no: (01482) 675068

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