Podiatric Day Case Surgery

Podiatric Day Case Surgery

Podiatric Surgery is suitable for most patients who need surgical correction of their feet. In most cases surgery is performed under local anaesthesia, although treatment is also usually available under sedation or general anaesthesia. Many foot problems that cause patients to regularly visit their podiatrist are due to an underlying mechanical fault or bony deformity of the foot. If non surgical treatments are not helping, patients should ask their podiatrist or GP for advice regarding surgery. 

Commonly treated conditions include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammer toes
  • Chronic corns
  • Bony lumps
  • Neuromas

Podiatric surgeons are podiatrists who have undertaken specialist training in foot and ankle surgery, they typically treat bone, joint and soft tissue disorders. The minimum training period for UK podiatric surgeons is 10 years and includes a mixture of undergraduate education, clinical practice, post graduate education, examined surgical training and supervised surgical practice. 

Lorna Donson performs surgery in our theatres on behalf of The Wye Valley NHS Trust. 


On the day of your operation

You will be admitted to the day surgery unit (DSU) by a registered practitioner who will explain what to expect and answer any questions you may have. The podiatric surgeon will see you prior to your surgery and discuss your procedure with you, once you are happy to proceed they will ask you to sign your consent form and then we will proceed with surgery.


After your operation

After your operation has been completed the registered practitioner will run through your aftercare with you, they will also make sure this is given in written form so you can read it once you get home. Once you've had refreshments and the surgeon is happy with your recovery you will be discharged from the unit and given advice on what to do if you have any problems. If a follow up appointment is required you will be informed before discharge.