This is a surgical procedure utilized to correct hammer toe – which is a condition whereby the toe is bent upward at the middle joint and causes pain and discomfort. Depending upon the severity of the condition, the surgeon will use one of three surgical techniques: tendon transfer, joint resection or fusion.
- local or general anesthesia may be used
- for a tendon transfer, the surgeon redirects the tendons from the bottom of the toe to the top – which helps straighten the toe
- for a joint resection, the surgeon removes the end bone of the toe joint and may need to insert small metal pins or rods, which are usually removed a month or so after surgery
- for a fusion, the ends of the two bones that form the joint are cut – then screws are used to hold the bone ends together, allowing the bones to heal into a fusion
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