Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Hammer Toe Repair?
The podiatrists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital have vast experience in making the symptoms related to your condition disappear. With various methods of treatment our highly skilled specialists will make sure you will recover your health in the shortest time possible. With the advanced medical technology and techniques available at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, a hammer toe repair procedure will be the key to a pain-free life from now on.
Most of the times, hammer toe repair is an outpatient procedure, meaning that the patient can go home the day of the surgery. Also, the patient can decide whether to undergo the surgical intervention under general anesthesia or under a local one that only makes the foot go numb for a while.
- You might have to stop taking medication that makes blood clotting difficult
- If you smoke, try to quit
- You might be forbidden to eat or drink anything for 6-12 hours before the surgery
- Inform your doctor about previous cold, fever, flu or any other affections
- Ask your health care provider what medication you should take after the surgery
There are a series of complications that can appear after a hammer toe repair surgery, which includes infection, damage of the nerves and blood vessels, bleeding, anesthesia problems. Also, there is a chance that hammer toe reappears and you might feel unstable when you stand because the ligaments and tendons are cut. However, these complications rarely happen.
Patients with multiple health problems should avoid having another surgery as additional surgical interventions might be necessary after the hammer toe repair operation. Other reasons to avoid this surgery are the following:
There are several surgeries that a doctor can perform in order to treat this affection:
- Tenotomy: surgical intervention, which consists in the section of a tendon
- Capsulotomy: the incision of a joint capsule.
- Arthroplasty: surgical procedure used to restore the integrity and functionality of a joint.
After the operation, your toe might be red, stiff and swollen and according to the type of the surgical intervention you had to undergo these symptoms can last for weeks or even months. Also, you will have to wear special shoes for 3-6 weeks in order to protect the toe and to keep it in the appropriate position.