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Cheilectomy is a surgical procedure performed to treat a condition called hallux rigidus, which is arthritis of the big toe joint. Hallux rigidus causes stiffness and limited range of motion in the big toe, making it difficult to walk or engage in activities that require bending the toe.

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Cheilectomy can provide significant relief for individuals with hallux rigidus. In patients with hallux rigidus, cheilectomy attempts to reduce discomfort and enhance joint functionality. For patients with mild to moderate big toe arthritis, it may be a useful surgical choice.

Cheilectomy at a Glance

Procedure Time:
1-2 hours

Return to Work:
2 weeks

Full Recovery:
8-12 Weeks

£2000 (Fixed)

What to expect at the time of your surgery:

During a cheilectomy, the surgeon removes bony growths (bone spurs) and any excessive or damaged bone from the affected joint. This helps to create more space in the joint, reducing friction and improving movement. The procedure aims to alleviate pain, increase toe joint mobility, and improve the function of the big toe. The surgery is typically performed under general or regional anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision over the top of the affected joint and carefully removes the bone spurs and damaged bone. In some cases, the surgeon may also smooth the remaining bone surfaces to further enhance joint movement. After the procedure, the incision is closed with sutures, and a dressing or bandage is applied.

What to expect after your surgery:

Following a cheilectomy, the patient may need to use crutches or a walking aid for a short period to relieve pressure on the foot. Physical therapy exercises may be recommended to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the toe joint. Recovery time can vary, but most individuals can gradually return to normal activities within a few weeks to a few months, depending on the extent of the surgery and individual factors.

Cheilectomy Prices

Cheilectomy prices are fixed, which is £2000

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Cheilectomy FAQ

What is the purpose of a cheilectomy?2023-07-14T12:13:49+01:00

The primary purpose of a cheilectomy is to alleviate pain and improve range of motion in the big toe joint affected by hallux rigidus. By removing bone spurs and damaged bone, the procedure aims to create more space in the joint, reduce friction, and restore function to the toe.

How long does it take to recover from a cheilectomy?2023-07-14T12:19:25+01:00

Recovery time can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the surgery. Generally, it takes several weeks to a few months for the foot to heal completely. During this time, it’s important to follow the surgeon’s post-operative instructions, which may include immobilization, elevation, and limited weight-bearing activities.


Will I experience pain after a cheilectomy? 2023-07-14T12:26:05+01:00

Some discomfort and pain are common after the surgery, but it typically diminishes over time as the foot heals. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage any post-operative pain. It’s important to follow the surgeon’s instructions for pain management and report any severe or persistent pain.

What are the potential risks and complications of a cheilectomy? 2023-07-14T12:53:46+01:00

While cheilectomy is generally considered safe, there are potential risks and complications associated with any surgical procedure. These can include infection, bleeding, nerve damage, blood clot formation, poor wound healing, stiffness in the toe joint, recurrence of bone spurs, or limited improvement in joint mobility. Discuss these risks with your surgeon prior to the procedure.


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