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Team Vascular Surgery Website Before Surgery

Patient Education

  • Detailed discussion with your surgeon about amputation surgery, hospital care, and recovery after discharge.
    • Your surgeon will provide you with some reading materials containing similar information, so that you may refer to it later.

Health Assessment

  • Review of your health history, including your medical conditions, any history of chronic pain, prior surgeries, and prescription medications.
  • Physical assessment including:
    • Measurement of your blood pressure and weight
    • Examination of your heart and lungs

Day of Surgery

  • Pain Management
    • Three different pain pills will be given to you just before your operation. These medications target pain in a variety of ways. When the pills are taken together, they are known to provide more effective pain control.
    • Temporary, continuous nerve block catheters will be placed in your leg by the anesthesia team just before surgery. These catheters release pain medication around your nerves to reduce pain related to the operation. The catheters will stay in place for a few days after the surgery for pain relief.
During Surgery

Antibiotic Prophylaxis

  • You will receive a single dose of antibiotics before the procedure to prevent infection.

Tailored Anesthesia Care

  • You will receive anesthesia care according to best practice recommendations:
    • Individualized blood pressure management
    • Prevention of blood clots
    • Careful IV fluid administration
    • Sedation and pain medication administration
  • Ideally, the operation will be completed with regional anesthesia instead of general anesthesia.
After Surgery

Tubes and Catheters

  • If you had a foley catheter (a catheter in your bladder to drain urine) placed before the surgery, it will be removed the day after surgery, unless otherwise specified by your surgical team.

General Diet

  • You will be allowed to eat and drink normally after surgery.


  • On the day of your surgery, you will be helped to sit up on the side of bed, with a limb guard, to eat your meals.
  • On the day after surgery, you will be evaluated and treated by a physical therapist. You will work on getting out of your hospital bed and into a chair. The therapist will help you start to use a walker (a regular walker, not a rollator, will be used).
Educational Materials