FAI June 2018 Podcast: Influence of Diagnosis and Other Factors on Patients’ Expectations of Foot and Ankle Surgery

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Many patient factors have been associated with higher or lower expectations of orthopaedic surgery. In foot and ankle surgery, the diverse diagnoses seen may also influence expectations. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between diagnosis and patients’ preoperative expectations of elective foot and ankle surgery. Diagnosis of ankle instability or osteochondral lesion, female sex, non-Caucasian race, and lower Foot & Ankle Outcome Score daily activities subscale score were all associated with higher expectations. These findings may help inform and guide surgeons as they counsel patients preoperatively.

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