No surgical procedure is without risk. While complications are rare, they are real, and they should be discussed with Dr. Gateley. Possibilities include pain, bleeding, infection, swelling, and the need for revision in the future.
Although the risk is minimal, bleeding and infection are complications inherent to any surgical procedure. Dr. Gateley almost always avoids both through meticulous surgical techniques, but it still may happen.
Minor bleeding may be simply monitored, or bandages can be changed by Dr. Gateley or his staff if necessary.
Infection is usually prevented by keeping the surgical dressing dry and intact but could lead to the need for antibiotics in some cases.
Foot swelling is present in the vast majority of patients undergoing foot and ankle surgery. This will likely persist to some degree for a few months. Swelling can be controlled with elevating the foot, icing behind your knee, a compressive dressing, and strict adherence to Dr. Gateley’s mobility instructions.
Although they are rare, it’s important that you educate yourself on all of the possible risks of surgery. Dr. Gateley can explain the extensive measures taken to prevent these issues. He can share various approaches should they arise.