BEFORE/AFTER HALLUX RIGIDUS
The aim of the surgery is to reduce pain in the big toe joint.
Your surgery is performed under local anaesthesia, which means you can eat and drink as usual before the surgery. The duration of the surgery varies depending on the type of surgery, about 20-50 minutes and including preparations about 1-2 hours.
Sick leave is about 6-8 weeks.
To reduce the risk of infections associated with the surgery, you should wash yourself with Descutan soap (available at the pharmacy) the day before and on the morning of the surgery. Do not apply any ointment to the foot afterwards.
After the surgery you will have a large dressing. To make space for the foot you will need a special shoe/sandal which we sell at cost price. This shoe will also make it easier for you to walk after the surgery.
It is important for us to know whether you exhibit signs of infection, sore throat or fever before the surgery.
If the time of your appointment does not suit you, please call us immediately at: +46 (0)42-24 27 70.
During the first few days after the surgery, you should keep your foot raised to minimize swelling, bleeding and thus impaired healing. The dressing should stay on for three weeks and is removed in conjunction with the removal of stitches. When we have done an arthrodesis, we place a small plaster splint over the big toes for a further 3 weeks.
On the first day after the surgery, you may feel some pain, and therefore you will have a prescription for painkillers emailed to the pharmacy. You can pick this up at any pharmacy, and it should be obtained before the surgery.
Take the first tablets at least 1 hour before the surgery.
You should continue taking these tablets after the surgery as prescribed in the prescription. You can obtain further information about your surgery when you next visit us.