When you arrive at the Hospital for your surgery you will be Admitted by the reception and nursing team.
You will have discussed your choice of anesthetic with your surgeon during your first visit, which would be one of three kinds:
- Local Anesthetic: you will be conscious during the procedure but the area will be numb
- Sedation: a drug will be administered to help you relax with intravenous sedation managed by an anaesthetist, this will be in conjunction with a local anesthetic to numb the area of surgery
- General Anesthetic: you will be asleep during the procedure
Once your choice of anesthetic has been administered you will undergo the surgery. Typically this will take between 30-45 minutes per foot.
Following the procedure you will go into recovery, where you will rest and be monitored by hospital staff. This will normally be for approximately 30 minutes.
You will stay at the hospital for approximately two more hours until you are ready to be discharged. During this time a physiotherapist will show you how to use your crutches. The hospital may require that you eat before you can be discharged.
Getting Back Home:
You should arrange for someone to collect you from the hospital.