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This surgical procedure is used to help relieve symptoms of hallux rigidus by removing bony growths on top of the big toe's main joint. This procedure improves joint movement and is most successful in patients with less severe arthritis.

About Cheilectomy

This surgery relieves arthritis at the base of the big toe. That's a condition we call "stiff big toe," or "hallux rigidus." A cheilectomy gives your big toe a greater range of motion.

Preparing for Cheilectomy Surgery

To begin, your foot is numbed. Most patients are put to sleep. Then, we make an incision on the top of your foot behind your big toe.

Removing Bony Growths

Now, we examine your toe's joint. We remove bone spurs and any loose bone fragments that are keeping your joint from moving. We may trim your bones so this joint can bend properly.

End of the Procedure

When it's done, your incision is closed and bandaged. You are watched in a recovery room while you wake up. Follow your surgeon's instructions as you recover.

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