Anesthesia: General anesthesia most likely used with narcotics.
Extent of Trauma: Prominent scarring at the incision site with extensive local tissue damage. Internal fixation is frequently required and may necessitate future removal of hardware or casts.
Incision Size: Larger wound openings require larger closures and cause larger scars.
Instrumentation: Wires, pins, screws and implants used in conjunction with hammers, chisels, rongeur, and saws are generally utilized for bone operations.
Locale: In-patient hospitalization and surgery room are usually required.
Postoperative Care: Immobilization, crutches, casts and/or rigid footgear often utilized. Narcotics often prescribed.
Preoperative Laboratory Tests: Routine lab tests are ordered, as well as additional x-rays which may be hospital policy.
Preoperative Preparation: Operating room sterile attire and technique are mandatory since the large operative area is exposed to the surrounding environment.
Preoperative Sedation: Sedation is required.
Scheduling: May need to plan and schedule well in advance for health, lifestyle and other reasons.
Sutures: Large incisions that require multiple sutures to close the tissue.
Infections: Higher Risk of infection due to larger openings and more invasive procedures used to correct the foot.
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