The founder of “Ladisten” medical center of orthopedics and traumatology Veklich Vitaliy Viktorovich is a surgeon in the field of orthopedics and traumatology for children and adults who has been practicing for more than 35 years. Author of the modified external fixation devices – the Veklich devices.Work experience: 40 years
Head doctor of the Ladisten Clinic Medical Center, a professional certified surgeon in the field of pediatric and adult orthopedics and traumatology.Work experience: 15 years
Doctor of Medicine, anesthesiologistWork experience: 27 years
When the pathology of hallux valgus is clearly apparent, the patient suffers from constant pain, can’t wear shoes of his or her size, the indications to perform an operation in order to correct the defect are obvious. With small manifestations of hallux valgus, doctors can only perform surgery on soft tissues, but often bones must be operated on too. They are cut in the area of the big toe and grown again, already placed in the correct position. To fix the joint, titanium screws and plates are use. They remain inside the foot without interfering with the usual way of life. Many patients live with them for years. Advantages of this method:
Within just a couple of days after the procedure, the patient moves on his or her own in special supportive shoes. The operation takes about an hour and is performed under general anesthesia. In the first 2-3 days, the patient stays in the hospital under the supervision of doctors. To eliminate postoperative pain, painkillers are used.
The treatment of deformity of the joint of the big toe implies not only surgical manipulations but also the postoperative period. At this time, the patient needs to maintain the state of the foot in certain conditions. In order for the recovery to take place correctly and painlessly, doctors recommend to keep the leg elevated more often. In such a way. the healing will come faster. Other recommendations:
All pain and discomfort should be reported to the doctor. Sometimes titanium screws are removed, but in most cases they remain in the foot without interfering with the usual way of life. After 3-4 weeks, one more x-ray photograph is taken and the condition of the joint is checked. After the hallux valgus operation is over, recovery takes from 3 weeks to 2 months. The timing depends on the initial condition of the foot and the complexity of the manipulations. In case of advanced stages of the disease, the rehabilitation takes longer. In general, the joint immediately regains its mobility, and after 5 weeks the patient can wear normal shoes.