Also called Post-Ops, post-operation visits are appointments at which the surgeon follows up with the patient to make sure the foot is healing as it should, monitor pain levels, check for infection, remove stitches, and answer any questions and concerns. Depending upon the severity of the surgery, the post-operative period can be 14 to 90 days in length. All office visits within that time frame that relate to the surgery are included in the cost of the surgery; co-pays are not required at a post-op.
During the follow up period, healing may be unusually slow, stitches can break, the site may become infected, and a host of other problems may occur. It is strongly recommended that a patient attend all of their free follow-up visits. We want the best possible outcomes for our patients, and that means addressing potential complications before they become a problem.
Part of the "Understanding Insurance" series.