The most important complication that needs to be considered is failure of the cheilectomy to adequately improve pain and function in the toe. In these cases a follow-up fusion operation (arthrodesis) will need to be performed.

Other complications that somtimes occur in cheliectomy include:

  • Numbness and/or tingling in the toe. This is usually temporary and should go away over time.
  • The formation of a thick lump of tissue ('neuroma') around the toe.

The risks and complications of any surgery include:

  • Infection. In any surgery, there is a risk that the incision or underlying tissue may become infected. Your surgeon will precribe antibiotics to help prevent infection developing, and any signs of redness, swelling and fever will be watched carefully by the doctors caring for you. Rarely, infection can develop in the bone causing osteomyelitis.
  • Bleeding. There is usually minimal bleeding during this surgery.
  • Blood clots (DVT) and clots in the lungs.
  • Reaction to the anaesthetic.

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