Foot and ankle surgery, whether for a minor procedure or extensive reconstruction, does not have to be painful. Dr. Blacklidge attempts to minimize pain associated with surgery by a variety of methods.
The surgical area is always anesthetized locally and for more extensive procedures, nerve blocks are utilized. Often the nerves in the ankle area are blocked to make specific parts of the foot numb for the immediate postoperative period.
For procedures of the ankle and lower leg, sometimes the major nerves behind the knee are blocked. This can be done as a single injection or with a small catheter that is attached to a pain pump that continues to provide numbness for a few days.