Sydneys trusted foot surgeon

If you’re planning a visit to one of our foot and ankle clinics in Sydney, or would like to find out more about how we operate, then please read the answers to our frequently asked questions below. We’ve outlined all the key information you might need, but if you want to speak to one of our team, just give us a call. 
What should I bring to my first foot surgery consultation?

Before arriving for your appointment, please remember to obtain and bring the following:
  • Current x-rays and scans. If you are unable to get your scans/x-rays, please call our office to discuss your options. Failure to bring images may require an additional appointment so that the doctor can accurately assess your condition.
  • Current referral from your GP or specialist. This is necessary for you to receive partial reimbursement from Medicare for the appointment. 
  • Medicare, DVA, Private Health Insurance or Work Cover details as applicable. 
  • A form of payment – your initial consultation fee is $200 and will attract a Medicare rebate. We ask for full payment at the time of appointment and are happy to process the claim with Medicare for you.
  • A support person is always welcome. 
Please arrive 10 minutes before your appointment time to complete new patient forms and pain assessment documents. You may wish to print and complete these ahead of time and bring them along to your appointment. These documents are available to download and print from the handouts page on our website.
After my foot surgery can I take my dressing off before my post-op appointment? 

The possibility of infection is significantly reduced if you keep the dressing intact and dry until your post-op appointment. Infections occur from bacteria on the skin, which is increased if the dressing is removed. If your dressing gets wet or starts to lift, we recommend you remove it, apply Betadine to the area and use a light Melonin dressing with a crepe bandage (available from your pharmacist).

What signs and symptoms should I be cautious of post-surgery?

Please contact our rooms if you experience any of the following in the week after your procedure:
  • A large amount of blood on the dressing 
  • A marked increase in pain that is not managed with pain medication 
  • Hotness or redness around the wound site
  • Fever (temperature higher than 38°)
  • The calf above the treated foot swells and you experience pain mid-calf
  • Any trouble with the pins, sutures or staples 
  • Dressing becomes loose or gets wet 
  • Side effects from medication
What can I expect at my first consultation?

You will be allocated 30 minutes for your initial consultation; however, each case is different and will depend on your condition. If you are recommended for a surgical procedure, your appointment may extend to 60 minutes. Depending on your condition, you may or may not be recommended for surgery. You will be informed of all your treatment options including conservative management if applicable. The choice to proceed with a surgical procedure is always entirely yours. Once you have decided to proceed with your surgery, you will most likely think of important questions you would like addressed. Below we have included commonly asked questions about orthopaedic surgery. 

What type of anaesthetic will I be having? 

A general anaesthetic will be administered during surgery. Often this is associated with a nerve block, which will also aid in pain management post-surgery. For more information, we recommend you contact your anaesthetist on the phone number provided to you by our receptionist. 

What is the process post-surgery? 

In the days following surgery, we advise that you keep your surgical site rested and elevated. It is important that you keep your dressings dry during this time. A post-operative appointment will be made for you 7-10 days post-surgery. It is at this appointment that your wound will be reviewed, stitches removed and advice will be given regarding rehabilitation guidelines. We recommend that you prepare questions you have about your surgery before your post-op appointment and bring them along with you.
What are some of the symptome of Diabetes?

Symptoms can occur suddenly and can be quite severe. Other symptoms often go unnoticed and thought to be happening due to another medical condition. Some symptoms are;

• Extreme thirst
• Increased urination
• Lethargic
• Constant hunger
• Skin infections and irritations
• Cuts and abrasions that are slow to heal
• Blurred Vision
• Unplanned weight loss (Type1)
• Unplanned weight gain (Type2)
• Mood swings
• Head and body aches
• Dizziness
• Cramps

Aftery my surgery how soon can I drive following my procedure?

You will need to have someone drive you home from the hospital and, depending on what type of procedure you have undergone, it could be some weeks before you can drive. Please ask our office staff or Dr. Slater during your consultation for the time frames appropriate for your procedure. Please note, we advise against driving in the cases in which a rehabilitation aid has been provided.

Will I need crutches and where do I get them from?

If walking aids are required following your procedure, they will be provided to you at the hospital.

Will I need rehabilitation/physiotherapy post-surgery?

This is dependent on the type of surgery. Handouts, including a rehabilitation protocol, will be provided to you at your pre-surgery appointment with Dr Slater. These documents can also be found on our ‘Handouts’ page. If these do not address your questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our team who will work with you to provide the information you need.
What are some of the risks associated with Diabetes?

Diabetes can be detrimental to your overall health and can contribute to a number of serious health conditions such as;
• Heart attack
• Stroke
• Kidney Disease
• Limb amputation
• Anxiety
• Depression
• Blindness (The leading cause of blindness in adults)

How do you control your Diabetes?

Diabetes requires constant management due to the complications that arise from loss of blood flow, lack of sensation, slow healing cuts and ulcerations. Proper management can prevent ulcers and reduce the risk of amputations. 
• Always wear shoes: Buy comfortable supportive shoes that fit properly and cushion your feet and also help distribute your weight evenly. Avoid narrow tight fitting shoes. 

• Wear clean dry socks: Try to wear socks that help pull any sweat away from your skin. Avoid nylon and tight elastic bands, you don’t want to reduce your circulation even more!

• Don’t smoke: Smoking impairs circulation and reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood stream. This increases your risk of slow healing and makes you more prone to infections. 

• Inspect your feet daily: Checking your feet for blisters, cuts, scraps, cracks and any redness or swelling will help you detect quite early if a wound is not healing or has become infected. 

• Wash your feet daily: Wash with lukewarm water. Ensure you dry between the toes. A pumice stone can be used where a callus has formed. Talcum powder can be used to keep your skin dry. 

• Regular foot check-ups: You should regularly schedule check-ups with your GP or Podiatrist. Check-ups should be made at least once a year, more often if recommended by your doctor. (Clinic, 2015)

Call us today on 1300 338 778 to book an appointment with our foot surgeon in Double Bay.
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