Big Toe Fusion Surgery Form of Treatment Big Toe Joint
Surgical joint fusion is a form of treatment that is used to treat big toe arthritis. Arthritis of the big toe joint, also known as Hallux Rigidus, involves bony growth and/or debris restricting joint movement, which can be quite painful. In addition, the bony growths can become quite large, causing visible lumps that rub in footwear and some people consider to be unsightly. A Big Toe Fusion is an effective way for resolving this pain and removing deformity.
What are the main risks of a Big Toe Fusion?
As with all other types of surgery, there are certain risks, which include the below:
- nerve injury or numbness
- tendon injury
- mal union
- non union
- painful hardware
What happens on the day of surgery?
These surgeries are normally performed during the early hours of the day. This also means that you can return home on the same day. However, if the surgery is done in the afternoon or during the evening it may be better that you spend the night at the hospital. These surgeries are normally performed using a conventional anaesthetist. Before the surgery, you would have to meet with the anaesthetist to discuss any concerns and needs that you have in this regard.
What happens after the surgery is done?
Normally after the surgery you would be transferred to the ward, where you were before the surgery. Here a physiotherapist would check in with you. You would be shown the correct way to use crutches. You would also be provided a special shoe that allows you to bear the full weight of the leg on which the operation has been done. You would also be asked to avoid doing a few things till the time you heal completely. Once you are able to move around with safety and do not have issues controlling the pain you would be allowed to go home.
When can I return to work after a Big Toe Fusion?
Patients often need to know when the would be able to return to normal activities. In regards to work, this depends on the kind of work that you do. But as a general rule of thumb, you can start working within a couple of weeks of the operation if you have a sedentary desk job. Long commutes and time on your feet can be detrimental, so if you are able to work from home you will be able to return to work quicker.