Dr. Tea believes that surgery should be the last resort to treatment in many cases. She has extensive surgical training with over 1000+ cases, 10+ years of medical training specializing in the foot and ankle, and is licensed to perform foot and ankle surgery. She is constantly staying up to date on the latest research to minimize your down time while optimizing your healing potential. She is actively involved in research, mentoring, public speaking events and exceeds the minimum in continuing medical education credits annually. She takes pride in ensuring your surgery is a success.
Dr. Tea uses plastic surgery techniques for wound closure so that scars are barely noticeable. Additionally, care is taken to perform meticulous dissection so that bruising, bleeding and swelling is minimal.
The majority of foot and ankle surgeries only require local anesthesia under mild sedation to keep you comfortable and pain-free during the procedure. You can expect to go home the same day.
- Ankle arthroscopy
- Debridement of wounds & skin grafts
- Extra or enlarged bones that need to be shaved or removed
- Fracture repair
- Ligament & tendon repair (Achilles tendon, ankle ligament)
- Nerve decompression and/or removal of neuroma
- Realignment of painful deformities (bunions, hammertoes)
Dr. Tea is credentialed to perform surgeries conveniently throughout Santa Cruz County including
- Central Coast Surgery Center 160 S Green Valley Rd, Freedom, CA
- Dominican Hospital 1555 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz, CA
- Santa Cruz Surgery Center 3003 Paul Sweet Rd, Santa Cruz, CA
- Watsonville Community Hospital 75 Nielson St, Watsonville, CA
The Typical Surgical Planning Process
Dr. Tea has carefully curated this treatment plan so she can monitor your progress from start to finish. Surgical correction of any body part goes through a non-linear healing pathway, meaning there will be some good days and some challenging days. Surgery of the foot and ankle is particularly challenging because walking will be impeded for a period of time as you heal. It is important to follow the doctor’s recommendations to optimize your outcome.
Appointment #1- Initial Consultation
You will have a 30 minute consultation with Dr. Tea to determine if we’re a good fit for each other as outcomes rely on a trusting patient-doctor relationship. She will review your medical records with you and define the goals you hope to achieve from surgery. At the end of your appointment, our staff will obtain necessary prior authorizations from your insurance, medical clearance from your primary medical doctor & order additional tests if needed, and schedule your Preoperative Appointment.
Appointment #2 - Preop Visit
Dr. Tea will go over the proposed surgical plan and additional aftercare recommendations to help you have a successful result. You will be given a surgical packet and additional instructions. You are encouraged to ask questions to help you understand the risks, benefits and expectations of surgery. You may also want to bring a supporting family member or friend to help you through the healing process.
Appointment #3 - Your Surgery Day
Things you will need:
- Someone to drive you to and from the surgery center. For your safety, you may not drive yourself that day.
- No eating or drinking (including coffee) after midnight before the day of your surgery (“NPO after midnight.”) Example: if your surgery is scheduled at 9am, you are not to eat or drink after 12am. Your stomach must be empty for at least 6 hours for anesthesia and surgery may be cancelled if the doctor believes it would be unsafe to move forward.
- Arrive on time for check-in, which will be confirmed by the surgery center. A great amount of resources are invested in your arrival so any delay will affect other people’s schedule. Therefore, a delay in your arrival may result in rescheduling your surgery.
Appointment #4 - Postop Visits
First postop visit is within a week from surgery – You can expect your surgical dressing to be removed by the medical assistant and postoperative xrays to be obtained in the office. Few people will take a pain medicine before their appointment if they anticipate discomfort upon dressing removal. The doctor will check on how you’re doing overall, mentally and physically, because your overall well-being is important during the healing process.
Despite meticulous care in surgery, complications may arise for various reasons. Thus early detection for potential complications, such as infection or blood clots, can circumvent further problems. If you experience a fever, chest pain, or the dressing becomes soiled, do not wait for your appointment to address it, call the office for further instructions.
Subsequent visits – Sutures will be removed in 2-3 weeks
Follow-up at 3, 6 and 12 months to monitor your outcomes. We aim for longterm success and are with you throughout the recovery process.