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What happens during Keller’s arthroplasty?

Keller’s arthroplasty is usually done under general anaesthetic. Your surgeon will make a small incision (cut) over the joint in your big toe. They will remove a small portion of the bone in the joint which increases the range of motion. They will replace the removed bone with soft tissue to create a “false joint”. Sometimes a pin will be used to set the joint. The pin is left sticking out of your big toe so that it can be easily removed in 3-4 weeks. The wound will be closed using stitches. Your foot will be wrapped in a dressing and you may be given a special surgical shoe to wear during your recovery.

Going home after Keller’s arthroplasty

You may be using a walker or crutches for the first 2 weeks following surgery. Take any pain medication as directed. Ice and elevate your foot as much as possible to control post-surgery swelling.

You may not be allowed full weight bearing for up to 10 weeks. Follow any activity instructions you are given when you are discharged.

You should keep your dressing clean and dry. You may need to return to us to have your dressing changed. After 10-14 days you will need to visit again to have your stitches removed. About 4 weeks after surgery you will need to come back for an x-ray. If your surgeon is satisfied with how your toe joint has set they will remove the pin. You can then wear a soft shoe such as a trainer.

It may take up to six-eight weeks before you can wear normal shoes again. Most people begin normal activities including exercises for range of motion after six weeks.

Most people may a good recovery from Keller’s arthroplasty. As with any surgical procedure there could be complications:

Specific complications in bunion surgery may include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Continued swelling and pain
  • Problems with bone healing
  • Loss of movement in big toe
  • Pain in the ball of the foot
  • Bunion coming back
  • Complex regional pain syndrome - a condition that causes long-term (chronic) burning pain in one of the limbs
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Bournemouth  

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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Brighton  

Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624488
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Bristol  

3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
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Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Cheltenham  

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6SY

01242 246 500
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Chester  

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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Chichester  

78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
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Derby  

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
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Exeter  

Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
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Glasgow  

25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

01413349441
Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555805
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Haywards Heath  

Burrell Road, Haywards Heath, RH16 1UD

01444 456999
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Hereford  

Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF

01432 355 131
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Ipswich  

Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

01473 279100
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Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
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Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

0116 2769 401
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
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North Staffordshire  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-under-Lyme, ST5 4DB

01782 625431
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Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Plymouth  

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775861
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Shrewsbury  

Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DP

01743 282628
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Taunton  

Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286991
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Tees  

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 367439
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Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
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Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

Enquiries 0300 131 1400
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Wolverhampton  

Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 754 177
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York  

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000
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