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During an osteotomy your surgeon will cut or reposition a bone(s) in your foot.

What happens during midfoot osteotomy?

Midfoot osteotomy is usually performed under general anaesthetic. Local anaesthetic may also be used. The actual procedure will vary based on what correction is needed. A section of bone may be removed and the bones in your foot may be realigned. Small surgical screws or pins may hold the bones in place until they have healed. Your surgical wound will be closed using stitches or staples and a dressing will be applied. You may have a cast.

After your operation you will be taken to a recovery area where staff will monitor your recovery from the anaesthetic. We will give you pain relief medication but be sure and let us know if you are in any discomfort. Once you are stable you will be taken to your room.

Physiotherapy will visit to help you begin to move around on your own and teach you how to use any walking aides (walker, crutches or canes). In most cases you will not be able to bear weight on your foot (non-weight bearing – NWB). Physiotherapy will show you how to this. They may also give you basic exercises.

Going home after midfoot osteotomy

You may need to stay in hospital overnight. You will not be able to drive so please arrange for someone to take you home on the day of your discharge. Continue taking any prescribed medication and do any recommended exercises. Elevating your foot will help reduce swelling. Follow any instructions regarding wound or cast care. Your surgeon will remove your stitches or staples at your first follow-up appointment.

Most people make a good recovery from midfoot osteotomy. As with any surgical procedure there could be complications such as:

Specific complications of midfoot osteotomy may include:

  • Excessive swelling and change in colour of skin
  • Toes feel cold and can’t move
  • Nerve damage
  • Pain from surgical screws

Why not print this page so you can discuss any concerns you have with your consultant?

Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
Overall rating Good

Warren Road, Brighton, BN2 6DX

01273 624 488
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3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
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Cardiff and Vale  

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

02920 836700

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
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Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555 800
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Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

01473 279100
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2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

0113 388 2111
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

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

01912 816 131
Overall rating Good

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775 861
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Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531 111
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The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

01926 427971
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