Most foot and ankle surgeries are done using minimally invasive techniques—making it possible to come home the same day as surgery is performed. For those needing monitoring or a longer recovery, however, a stay in the hospital may be needed. Your podiatrist will determine the best option for your surgery based on the type of procedure you need, your age, your health, and other factors.
Some foot procedures are simple to perform and can be done in a podiatry office or in an outpatient surgery center. Surgeries such as removing an ingrown toenail or performing a skin biopsy can be done in a podiatry office setting using local anesthesia.
Some procedures that can be done in an outpatient surgery center include:
- Ankle arthroscopy
- Bone spurs
- Bunion surgery
- Flat foot correction
- Tarsal tunnel release
There are many benefits to having surgery done as an outpatient procedure such as:
- Able to go home same day as surgery
- More comfortable for the patient
- Faster recovery time
- Less expensive
Surgery may need to be done in a hospital if the procedure is more complex and requires specialized equipment and general anesthesia. Surgeries that involve cutting or removing bone also can require hospitalization. If the patient is in poor health or at an advanced age, surgery in a hospital may be recommended.
A stay in the hospital ensures that the patient can be monitored and that their pain is under control. Some foot surgeries that require hospitalization include:
- Ankle fusion
- Ankle replacement
- Foot or toe amputation
- Reconstruction foot surgery
Contact Us With Questions
If you considering foot surgery, Greater Washington Advanced Podiatry can answer your questions. Our office can offer a free initial consultation and help create a customized plan to address your pain and get you back on your feet as soon as possible. To set up an appointment, fill out our convenient contact form or call us at (301) 515-FEET.