Cheilectomy Surgery Jaws Podiatry

If you’re suffering from severe first metatarsal arthritis, Cheilectomy surgery could be the solution you’re looking for. The following dives into the details of this surgical procedure, which aims to alleviate pain, improve joint function, and restore mobility. Explore the benefits, risks, recovery process, and expected outcomes of Cheilectomy surgery, providing you with essential information for informed decision-making.

Today, arthritis and foot pain are both major public health problems. Recently, a patient of ours was having a lot of pain in his big toe for a long time.

The X-rays showed typical changes due to arthritis. The first metatarsophalangeal joint (MPJ) of the big toe/great toe is a common condition (hallux limitus/rigidus) marked by pain, stiffness, and impaired ambulation.

Watch as Dr. Wagner performs a Cheilectomy for severe first metatarsal arthritis.

What Exactly Is Involved With Cheilectomy Surgery?

Cheilectomy is a surgical procedure commonly used to treat severe arthritis in the first metatarsophalangeal joint, also known as the big toe joint.

This condition, known as hallux rigidus or first metatarsal arthritis, causes stiffness, pain, and limited mobility in the joint.

A cheilectomy aims to alleviate these symptoms and improve overall foot function.

During a cheilectomy, the surgeon removes the bone spurs and any excess bone growth that has developed around the joint.

These bone abnormalities contribute to the restricted movement and pain experienced by individuals with first metatarsal arthritis.

By removing these obstructions, the surgeon allows for increased range of motion and decreased discomfort.

The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia with or without sedation, although general anesthesia may be used in some cases.

Once the patient is anesthetized, the surgeon makes a small incision over the affected joint.

Through this incision, the bone spurs and excess bone are carefully removed, and any damaged cartilage is smoothed out.

The incision is then closed using sutures, and the foot is typically placed in a bandage or a surgical shoe.

Following the procedure, patients are usually advised to rest and elevate their foot to minimize swelling and discomfort. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage any post-operative pain.

Physical therapy and exercises to improve range of motion and strength may also be recommended to aid in the recovery process.

While a cheilectomy can provide significant relief for individuals with severe first metatarsal arthritis, it is important to note that the procedure may not be suitable for everyone.

Factors such as the extent of joint damage, the presence of other foot conditions, and the patient’s overall health will be considered when determining the appropriateness of a cheilectomy.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved, including infection, nerve damage, and poor wound healing.

It is essential for patients to carefully follow their surgeon’s post-operative instructions to minimize these risks and achieve the best possible outcome.

If conservative treatments have failed to alleviate the symptoms of severe first metatarsal arthritis, a cheilectomy may be a viable option to consider.

Consulting with a qualified orthopedic surgeon is crucial to determine the most suitable course of treatment based on individual circumstances and goals.

Rely Upon Our Foot and Ankle Specialists!

The experienced and skilled podiatrists at JAWS Podiatry in Hollywood, Florida can help you keep your feet healthy, and help you get back on your feet when problems arise.

We are a growing group of exceptional professionals who offer the highest degree of care in a welcoming, comfortable environment.

Please contact us today at (954) 922-7333 or send us a message to schedule a consultation.