It is generally safe for individuals to have outpatient foot and ankle surgeries at freestanding ambulatory surgery centers, a phenomenon becoming more common in the podiatry field. This trend offers cost savings and efficiency compared to traditional hospital settings. Because of unique postoperative challenges, it is necessary to make sure these facilities can handle such procedures. Foot and ankle surgeries can carry a higher risk of infection, with diabetes as a common comorbidity, and blood clots, perhaps from swift patient discharge. If you are facing foot surgery, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to see if outpatient surgery will work for you.
Foot surgery is sometimes necessary to treat a foot ailment. To learn more, contact one of our podiatrists of Nashville Family Foot Care. Our practitioners will assist you with all of your foot and ankle needs.
When Is Surgery Necessary?
Foot and ankle surgery is generally reserved for cases in which less invasive, conservative procedures have failed to alleviate the problem. Some of the cases in which surgery may be necessary include:
- Removing foot deformities like bunions and bone spurs
- Severe arthritis that has caused bone issues
- Cosmetic reconstruction
What Types of Surgery Are There?
The type of surgery you receive will depend on the nature of the problem you have. Some of the possible surgeries include:
- Bunionectomy for painful bunions
- Surgical fusion for realignment of bones
- Neuropathy decompression surgery to treat nerve damage
Benefits of Surgery
Although surgery is usually a last resort, it can provide more complete pain relief compared to non-surgical methods and may allow you to finally resume full activity.
Surgical techniques have also become increasingly sophisticated. Techniques like endoscopic surgery allow for smaller incisions and faster recovery times.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Nashville, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.