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Gouty Tophus Removal2023-11-28T14:25:57+00:00

Gouty Tophus Removal

Gout occasionally results in joint damage or excruciating pain. If this happens, surgery may be necessary to treat the symptoms or repair the joint.

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Gouty Tophus Removal

Gouty tophus removal is a surgical procedure performed to remove tophi, which are deposits of uric acid crystals that accumulate in the joints and soft tissues of individuals with advanced or untreated gout. Gout is a type of inflammatory arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid in the bloodstream, leading to the formation of sharp, needle-like crystals in the joints and surrounding tissues. Tophi are nodular masses that develop as a result of the accumulation of these uric acid crystals.

Gouty Tophus Removal at a Glance

Procedure Time:
30 minutes

Return to Work:
2 weeks

Full Recovery:
6 Weeks

£2500 (Fixed)

What to expect at the time of your surgery:

Here’s how gouty tophus removal is typically carried out:

  • Preoperative Evaluation: Before the surgery, a healthcare provider evaluates the extent of the tophi and the patient’s overall health. This assessment helps determine the best approach to the procedure.
  • Anesthesia: Gouty tophus removal is typically performed under local or regional anaesthesia to numb the specific area where the tophi are located. General anaesthesia may be used in certain cases
  • Incision: An incision is made over the affected area where the tophi are located. The size and location of the incision depend on the size and location of the tophi.
  • Tophus Removal: The surgeon carefully dissects the tissues to access the tophi. Specialised instruments are used to remove the tophi while preserving surrounding structures. In some cases, the tophi may be encapsulated or contain chalky material. The surgeon will remove as much of the tophus as possible.
  • Closure: After the tophi are removed, the incision is closed with sutures or staples. A sterile dressing or bandage may be applied to protect the surgical site.
  • Postoperative Care:  After the surgery, patients typically experience some discomfort and may need pain medication for a few days. The surgical site should be kept clean and dry, and any postoperative instructions provided by the surgeon should be followed carefully. Physical therapy or rehabilitation exercises may be recommended to improve mobility and strength in the affected area.

Gouty tophus removal recovery:

The recovery period after gouty tophus removal can vary depending on the extent of the surgery and the individual patient’s healing process.
In some cases, patients may experience improved joint function and reduced pain relatively soon after the procedure. It’s important to note that gouty tophus removal is typically performed when tophi causes significant pain, deformities, or complications. It’s not a preventive measure for gout itself, which often requires ongoing management to control uric acid levels in the bloodstream and prevent the formation of new tophi. Patients should consult with a healthcare provider to determine if gouty tophus removal is the appropriate treatment option for their specific condition.

Gouty Tophus Removal Prices

Gouty Tophus Removal prices are fixed, which is £2500

For a no obligation quote, tailored specifically to you, please find your nearest Signature Clinic and book in for free consultation with one of our experienced surgeons. Your requirements are discussed in full confidence in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Following your consultation, the price you are quoted includes everything and there are no extra or hidden costs. Advice, treatment and aftercare are all part of our package to ensure your experience is positive from beginning to end.

Next Steps

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Gouty Tophus Removal FAQ

What causes gouty tophi to develop?2023-09-23T16:38:56+01:00

Gouty tophi develops as a result of chronic hyperuricemia, a condition where there is an elevated level of uric acid in the bloodstream. This excess uric acid forms crystals, which can accumulate in joints and soft tissues over time, leading to the formation of tophi.

Is the procedure painful?2023-09-23T16:49:49+01:00

The procedure itself is performed under anesthesia, so the patient should not feel pain during the surgery. Pain management is provided during the postoperative period to ensure comfort.

When is gouty tophus removal recommended?2023-09-23T16:50:49+01:00

Gouty tophus removal is typically recommended when tophi become painful, interferes with joint function, causes deformities, or is disfiguring. It is considered when conservative treatments and medications are not effective.

What are gouty tophi?2023-09-23T16:51:55+01:00

Gouty tophi are deposits of uric acid crystals that accumulate in the joints and soft tissues, often in individuals with advanced or poorly managed gout. They can appear as nodular masses beneath the skin.

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