Morton's Neuroma is a common problem. It is a swelling of the tissue of a nerve and can occur anywhere in the body although we will see that it is a fairly common problem in the feet. This disease can cause numbness, tingling or cramping in the forefoot.
If you decide to have the morton's neuroma removed, you should know that it is a quick and simple operation. When you talk to the surgeon, you can ask any questions you may have and then face the operation calmly.
How is the operation done?
The first step will be to clean the skin with an antiseptic solution then the surgeon will make a small vertical cut in the plant of the foot. They will remove the fat bump and clean the entire surface to avoid infections. When finished, the surgeon will sew the skin again. In some cases the sutures are invisible (it is done under the skin) or are visible in this case must go to hospital within 14 days so that the surgeon can remove the suture.
As with all procedures, this carries some risks and complications.
- Pain: The operation involves moving the tissues so it involves pain, 20% of patients may have pain in the long term.
- Recurrent: The nerve itself does not reappear, but each time a part of a nerve is removed, a small lump forms. If this lump is under the metatarsal or grows too large, it may become painful several years after the initial surgery.
- Bleeding: There will inevitably be some bleeding, rarely a clot develops.
- Scar: The operation will leave a small scar between the toes.
- Infection: It may be that in the area where the operation was performed after this the area becomes red or there is an area with secretion. It may be necessary to take antibiotics to treat these infections.
- Numbness: In the area where some fingers are affected, you may be permanently asleep.
- Hypertrophic Scar: These scars are exaggerated growths of the tissue where the scar has been made. They can be treated with steroid injection or surgically if necessary.
- Delayed wound healing: This can occur if the wound is under tension, infected, or has poor blood circulation.
- Fat necrosis: This can also happen due to delayed wound healing.
Orthopedic surgery is the branch of surgery related to conditions that involve the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons use surgical and non-surgical methods to treat musculoskeletal traumas, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders.