Q Why is it important for me to eat and drink the morning of my post-operative appointments?
After surgery, most patients are prescribed pain medication to maintain a tolerable level of discomfort. On the mornings of your appointments, the doctors will be removing bandaging to look at your surgical site and possibly removing stitches depending on when your surgery was performed. With the anticipation of uncovering the surgery site combined with pain medication, a vasovagal syncope response may occur. This response is the sudden drop of heart rate and blood pressure due to viewing your foot after surgery. Although this reaction may not always be preventable, eating a good breakfast and maintaining fluids may avert the reaction or lessen it. Splurge on some pancakes, bacon and eggs!