Procedure – patient information forms
For general surgical detail and information for the following procedures please refer to these online downloadable leaflets from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SOCAP):
Copies of more individual and condition-specific patient information sheets are explained and issued to the patient at the time of the initial consultation.
The American perspective
For further reading and background information on surgical techniques, please refer to The American Podiatric Medical Association website.
While this offers a very American overview of various foot conditions, this information is relevant to the services available in England. General patient information:
About the surgery
Quality of care
During the operation, Mr Cozens the consultant is always assisted in theatre by a highly trained and experienced team. In some circumstances he has another podiatric surgeon assisting. Frequently it will be the assisting surgeon who will anaesthetise the foot or leg before going to theatre.
The patient's foot will be fully anaesthetised and the anaesthesia will be thoroughly tested to the patient’s satisfaction before going to theatre.
The patient will have plenty of opportunity to go to the toilet immediately before going into theatre and will most likely be only one hour in theatre.
The first night after the operation
All patients are advised prior to surgery on the appropriate medicines for any post-operative discomfort following surgery. They are also given written key points to help make the recovery as easy and event-free as possible. Also on the written post-operative advice sheet are contact details so that the patient may talk to the surgeon at any time following the operation should the need arise.
It is Mr Cozens's practice to contact the patient the next day to check if they experienced a comfortable first night.