On this page you will find general information about foot and ankle surgery. For treatment information of specific conditions, please click here.
If your surgery requires hospital admission it will either occur at Glenelg Day Surgery 1 or McLaren Vale & Districts War Memorial Hospital 2. Surgery suitable for the office setting will occur at the Prospect or Brighton offices.
Virtually all foot and ankle surgery can be safely and efficiently performed on a same day or day surgery basis. This means that there is usually no need for the added expense and inconvenience of an overnight hospital stay.
A responsible adult should be available to take you home after surgery and provide home support for about 24 to 48 hours.
The vast majority of all foot and ankle surgery is performed with intravenous sedation and local anaesthetic. Using this technique you will have a “twilight” or “light sleep” anaesthesia.
Local anaesthetic is used to numb the area to have surgery and this “block” usually lasts 24 to 48 hours. Patients have no anxiety during surgery and they remember very little, if anything, from their surgical experience. Most patients recover very quickly from this type of anaesthesia.
Certain procedures require the use of general anaesthesia. Dr Hermann will advise you of the most suitable anaesthetic for your surgery. All anaesthetics will be administered by a specialist anaesthetist who will review you prior to surgery.
Post Operative Care
Most patients are personally reviewed by Dr Hermann between postoperative day 3 to 7. At the first postoperative review all dressings and casts are assessed and/or changed.
Ongoing care and advice is provided and explained at each postoperative review.