will be used. Local anesthesia will numb the area. With general anesthesia, you will be asleep.
Description of Procedure
A small incision will be made on the top of the foot. It will be made between the two toes that are affected by the neuroma. The area of inflammation and the nerve will be located and removed. The incision will then be closed with stitches. A bandage will be applied over the area.
The removed tissue will be examined in a lab. The results may take several days.
How Long Will It Take?
Often less than one hour
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia prevents pain during the procedure. You may have some pain during recovery. Talk to your doctor about medicine to help relieve this pain.
Average Hospital Stay
If there were no complications, you may be able to leave the same day.
When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
Keep the surgical area clean and dry.
Use compression and ice to prevent swelling as
directed by your doctor.
Keep your foot elevated.
Take antibiotics to prevent infection if advised by your doctor
Take pain medicine as directed by your doctor.
The stitches are usually removed in the doctor's office 7-10 days after the surgery. You will gradually be able to return to full activities within 3-6 weeks. The small area where the nerve was removed is likely to remain numb.
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
Signs of infection, including fever and chills
Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
Recurrence of the symptoms in your foot, or new, unexplained symptoms
Cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, or severe nausea or vomiting
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a