FAQs / Q: Does foot surgery require being put to sleep?

A: Usually not.  The majority of foot surgery (such as for bunion, hammertoes, great toe arthritis, neuroma, and tailor’s bunion surgery to name a few) is performed under what is called monitored anesthesia care with local sedation.  This means that the anesthesiologist provides medication through an IV that makes you sleepy, and we inject numbing medication into the area of your foot where the procedure will be performed.  So you are breathing on your own, do not have a tube down your throat, and are not “put under” or “put to sleep” as you may have heard is performed for some surgeries.  In addition, the vast majority of foot surgery is performed at outpatient surgical centers or hospitals, and patients go home just a few hours after their surgery.

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