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Toe fusion surgery

What is toe fusion surgery?

This procedure is performed to straighten the joint or joints of the toe. If you are suffering from big toe deformities or smaller toe deformities such as mallet toe, claw toe and hammer toe, you may require toe fusion surgery.

What does toe fusion surgery involve?

Surgery is normally a day case procedure, performed under a general anaesthetic, in which the toe is straightened and fixed in position with metal wire or a clip inside the toe.

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).

Toe fusion surgery

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