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Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Cheilectomy?

At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital this medical procedure will be performed under the care provided by the best podiatrists in one of the most modern medical facilities in Los Angeles. By using only the latest techniques of treatment, our medical staff will make sure the symptoms related to your condition will soon disappear leaving you in a state of comfort.

Due to a customized rehabilitation plan provided to you by our dedicated personnel, your recovery will be greatly accelerated after the cheilectomy done at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital.

Cheilectomy is a medical procedure, which is performed in order to remove the excessive bone tissue that can form in the upper side of the big toe joint or to treat big toe arthritis.

The operation can be realized under spinal and locoregional anesthesia, which means that the patient will be awake during the surgery but he/she will be unable to feel the pain. If the patient does not want to be awake during the surgical intervention, general anesthesia will be taken into account.

The surgery lasts approximately 30 minutes and the patient will be discharged the following day.

Immediately after the operation, your foot will be bandaged and you will feel no pain. A physiotherapist will talk to you and give you a personalized rehabilitation plan and if you feel comfortable, you will be sent home.

In the first weeks after the surgical intervention you should try and respect the following indications:

  • elevate your foot above the level of the heart in order to reduce the swelling
  • move only when you really need to
  • do not put weight on the operated foot
  • take painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication if your doctor suggests you to
  • after a week you can move your toe up and down for 5 minutes, 4 times a day

This question does not have a standard answer as patients recover slower or faster, depending on the organism. Your surgeon will advise you about what shoes you should wear in order to recover faster. However, the usual progress of the patients who undergo a cheilectomy is the following:

0-2 weeks: you will be able to sustain your own weight in a hospital shoe

2-6 weeks: you will be able to sustain your weight in a wide shoe

after 6 weeks: you will be able to sustain the weight of your body in your own shoes

Patients react differently to this surgical intervention and therefore, post-operative recovery programs vary from person to person. Even so, the follow-up appointments schedule is typical:

  • after 2 weeks: the wound is checked
  • after 6 weeks: follow-up appointment to discuss the progress with the doctor
  • after 12 weeks: follow-up appointment for full discharge

The possible complications of the procedure will be presented to you before the surgery but you should know that the main risks are the ones listed below:

  1. Nerve damage - the risk of nerve damage is very small and it happens in 5% of the situations
  2. Infection - infection appears only in 1% of the cases and can usually be treated with antibiotics
  3. Deep vein thrombosis - the risk of deep vein thrombosis is less than 3% and it can be reduced by moving your ankle and respecting the recommended exercises

Frequently Asked Questions About Cheilectomy

There are different non-surgical treatment options, but if they fail to provide sufficient pain relief and enhance your ability to walk, you will need surgery.

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