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What is cheilectomy?

Cheilectomy is a surgical procedure involving the removal of a bony lump which occurs above the main joint of the big toe. Big toe arthritis or hallux rigidus is normally the cause of this lump.

What does cheilectomy involve?

Cheilectomy will usually be done as a day case procedure under a general anaesthetic, with a post-operative local anaesthetic into the foot administered to minimise pain.

Attending a pre-assessment screening is good way of maximising the benefits of your surgery. At your screening, you’ll have your blood tested to assess your Vitamin D levels; swabs will be taken to check for infection or other issues; you’ll be weighed and have a chance to talk through your medical history, to highlight any potential anaesthetics issues.

It is highly recommended that you stop smoking at least eight weeks before surgery because smoking affects your ability to heal and leads to health issues, such as greater risk of pulmonary embolism (blood clots forming in the lungs) or deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the calf).


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