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What happens during surgery for foot problems?

James P. Ioli, DPM
Podiatric Medicine
Many foot surgery procedures can be performed -, - on an outpatient basis in a hospital or surgicenter. Generally, anesthesia for foot surgery is either local (affecting only part of the foot) or regional (numbing the entire foot). The method chosen depends on your particular foot problem, the procedure, your overall medical condition, and your preferences. Discuss the options with your foot surgeon. Today, most surgical procedures on the foot are performed on an outpatient basis, which means you'll be released the day of the surgery.

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