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Surgery Information for Patient


Before Surgery Instructions:

 - Make sure the Doctor has answered all your questions regarding the surgery, and that you understand the entire process.

 - Avoid smoking, caffeine, and Aspirin 2 weeks prior to surgery and 2 weeks after surgery.   The only exception to taking Aspirin is if you have a history of stroke or heart condition.

 - Do not eat or drink anything 5-6 hours before your surgery.  Take your usual medications (if any) with a sip of water.  If you are diabetic on Insulin, take your usual dose.

 - Bathe or shower, shampoo your hair, and remove nail polish the night before surgery.  Leave all jewelry and valuables at home. 

 - The Doctor will provide you with a map and directions to the Hospital.  The Hospital will call you the night before your surgery date for arrangements.

 - Get a good night's sleep, and arrive at the Hospital at least 2 hours before your scheduled surgery for the nurses to prepare you, and for blood work / X-rays, physical exam, etc.


After Surgery Instructions:

  - Elevate your foot / feet above your heart or waist for the first 4-6 days to decrease the swelling.  Use pillow underneath your ankle during sleep as well.  You may walk with care, but avoid being on your feet for long periods of time.

 - Some swelling, bruising, and bleeding is to be expected, and is a good sign of good circulation.  Use ice in a plastic bag to help decrease the swelling, no longer than 10 minutes at a time.

 - Keep dressings clean, dry, and intact.  Do not take the special shoe off, even when you sleep.  For bathing, hang the foot outside the tub.  Sponge bath is preferred.   If your dressing gets wet, make an appointment immediately for the Nurse or Doctor to change your dressing in the clinic.

 - If there are wires or plastic supportive devices on your foot, leave them alone.  The Doctor will take them off later on.

 - Take your regular medications accordingly, and pain pills if needed.  

  - Pain is minimal, and manageable.  Prescription will be provided, but usually not necessary.

 - If you have an urgent need to speak to the Doctor, call the clinic, or Hollywood Presbyterian (323) 913-4920, or Temple Hospital (213) 493-2080 ext.1304 and the receptionist will page the Doctor, or call (818) OK-D-YENN.  If there's an emergency, call 911 first.

 - The Doctor will remove your stitches out anywhere from 2-4 weeks, depending on how the wound looks.  Please be patient.  Avoid smoking and caffeine until the stitches are removed.  

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Dr. Dennis Yenn,  Podiatric Surgery   Last update: 02/12/14 , First update: 04/03/01.    www.dyenn.com