are there any side effects to this procedure?
Hi, Nyota, sorry about your broken ankle. When I had foot surgery my foot was put to sleep but the procedure was straightforward and easy breezy. Whether your doctor does deaden your foot depends on his preference, how bad your break is, and if for many reasons you are a candidate for a block vs. general anesthesia. Just ask your doctor. All the best, Tony
When I had a bone infection in my foot and had it debrided, I had a spinal rather than general anaesthesia and the same doc is going to pin my fractured ankle on 3 sides with a spinal too rather than knocking me out. I don't know if they do nerve blocks for pain on top of knocking you out, but you can ask for pain meds to be given when you wake up if that's the route you go. All medical procedures carry risk but the only thing I experienced was a feeling soreness where they did the spinal, like a bruise. It also gives pretty good pain control after surgery which is a bonus. (They often do knee replacements with only spinals too.)
Nyota, Where exactly is the fracture? If you do not want a general anesthetic or a spinal, they can do a femoral block. Similiar to a spinal, but this would be administered in the groin area (my choice). Keep in mind a continual epidural is the best post-op pain reliever - it can be readministered through the existing catheter.
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