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How bad does it hurt to remove the pin after hammer toe surgery?

How bad does it hurt to remove the pin after hammer toe surgery?

Not bad at all: Most of the time- patients don't feel this at all. If you are scared, the doc can always prescribe you something to calm you down before you go tot the office or can give you local anesthesia but most often this is notnecessary. ...Read more

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Toe Surgery (Definition)

Toe surgery is/are the operative procedure(s) necessary to correct for and address injuries, degeneration, infection, or deformities of the toes. They are usually performed by ...Read more


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Can I walk with a cam walker after hammer toe surgery and pins in my toes to straighten them?

Can I walk with a cam walker after hammer toe surgery and pins in my toes to straighten them?

Yes: A surgical shoe is usually enough, however, a rigid walking boot such as a cam walker will work as well. Consult with your surgeon as to what he or she would think would be best for you. ...Read more

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Describe hammer toe surgery?

Describe hammer toe surgery?

Different types.: If you catch hammertoes in the early stages, a small, in-office procedure to release one of the tendons will often allow the toe to lie straight again. If the toe deformity has become rigid, the surgery is more involved. It's an outpatient procedure in an operating room, and can involve bone cuts, pins, screws, or other implants. Without surgery, your best bet is padding to reduce your discomfort. ...Read more

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What is hammer toe surgery like?

What is hammer toe surgery like?

Hammertoe repair: An incision is made overlying the contracted joint. The soft tissue attachments are released exposing the joint. The joint may be left separated or fusion of the ends may be attempted. For fusion, the cartilaginous ends of the bone are removed and the ends are approximated and stabilized via a wire, screw, pin, or implant. The contracted tendons may need to be cut or lengthened. ...Read more

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What is done during hammer toe surgery?

What is done during  hammer toe surgery?

A small section: Of bone is removed, usually the end of the proximal phalanx, which frees up the joint and allows the toe to straighten. ...Read more

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How painful is it to get a hammer toe surgery?

How painful is it to get a hammer toe surgery?

Not terrible.: If you catch hammertoes early, a small, in-office procedure to release a tendon may allow the toe to lie straight. If the deformity is rigid, surgery is more involved. It's an outpatient procedure in an operating room, and can involve bone cuts, pins, screws, or other implants. Post-op pain is controlled with elevation and a prescription medication from your surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the process of removal for hammer toe surgery?

What is the process of removal for hammer toe surgery?

Different types.: If you catch hammertoes in the early stages, a small, in-office procedure to release one of the tendons will often allow the toe to lie straight again. If the toe deformity has become rigid, the surgery is more involved. It's an outpatient procedure in an operating room, and can involve bone cuts, pins, screws, or other implants. Without surgery, your best bet is padding to reduce your discomfort. ...Read more

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What are the complications arising from hammer toe surgery?

Depends: It depends what type of surgery is performed bc you can have what's called an arthroplasty or an arthrodesis (fusion). Typically both procedures can have several complications. They begin with infection, failure or fracture of hardware, toe edema, stiffness(at the mpj), drifting toe, dislocation, nonunion (fusion only) and gangrene/ischemia leading to amputation(worst case scenario). ...Read more

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How long does it normally take to recover from hammer toe surgery?

How long does it normally take to recover from hammer toe surgery?

Ask your surgeon.: Every surgery is different, and depending on what type of procedure you have, you may be able to walk a few days after surgery, or you might need to be off of it for several weeks. Ask your surgeon when you can progress to weight bearing, when you can start wearing regular shoes, and when you can start exercising. Post-operative x-rays will tell them how fast you're healing. ...Read more

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Having bunion & hammer toe surgery. Does it hurt much afterwards?

Yes.: But the amount of pain is variable and pain medication is provided to help you through the process. The pain is similar to the pain of a broken bone. The worst of it usually occurs in the first 24-72 hours after surgery, then begins to taper off gradually. ...Read more

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Toes (Definition)

Toes are the digits at the ends of the feet, most people have 10 and they normally ...Read more