Please do not have anything to eat or drink after midnight on the day of your surgery. We ask that you do not smoke, chew tobacco or chew gum after midnight as well. By doing this, you are less likely to get sick during or after surgery.
If you are taking blood pressure medication, thyroid medication or stomach medication, you can take them in the morning before surgery with sips of water.
If you have diabetes and are taking insulin or oral medications, do not take them before your surgery.
Wear something comfortable and easy to remove at the surgery center. They will have you change into a patient gown before surgery.
Please leave your jewelry and valuables at home.
Make sure you have someone to accompany you and pick you up after the surgery. You will be receiving medications that will impair your judgement therefore you will be unable to drive.
there are some documents that will need to be filled out and signed before your surgery. They will also need a copy of your insurance card and drivers’ license. You can go to the surgery center at any time before the scheduled date and complete the necessary paperwork as well as have any questions answered that you may have.
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Podiatry Post Operative Instructions
Have all prescriptions filled and take medications as directed.
Use your crutches/rollabout etc. non weight bearing on affected limb.
Walk only with crutches/rollabout, otherwise keep foot elevated for the first 48 hours.
Elevate feet approximately 6 inches above the level of your heart. Support leg and foot pillows with the knee slightly bent. Use ice packs for the first 48 hours to decrease swelling. Place the ice behind the knee for 20 minutes per hour.
Exercise legs periodically by raising the leg and bending the knees and hips.
Keep bandages/cast completely dry.
Do not sit with your feet down or your legs crossed for any length of time.
Eat regular diet and increase fluid intake.
Curtail alcohol and tobacco usage.
Call Dr. Draper or Dr. Lindstrom if any of the following occur:
If you have problems taking your medications. (nausea, headache, etc.)
Some bleeding trough the bandage is normal. Call if bleeding soaks the bandage.
If your toes turn color. (blue or white)
If your bandage gets loose, wet, or falls off.
If your medication doesn’t control the pain.
If you bump or injure the foot or ankle that was operated on.