Bone Spur Removal (Cheilectomy)

As arthritis of the foot and ankle progresses, bone spurs form. These spurs can block and jam the normal range of motion of the joint, leading to pain and inflammation. As bone spurs enlarge, they may begin to compress overlaying nerves, leading to numbness/tingling/shooting pains. Additionally, the prominent spurs may painfully rub in shoes and cause inability to wear certain footwear. 

Arthritis will inevitably worsen over time.

Bone Spur Removal (Cheilectomy)

More About Bone Spur Removal (Cheilectomy)

Surgery involves removal of the bone spur(s). It is important to have consultation early because as the arthritis progresses, spur removal will no longer adequately address the problem and the joint may need to be fused together.  

Dr. Matthew Turanovic is trained in the most up to date and advanced surgical techniques and protocols for foot and ankle surgery - without the need for casts and crutches. See the about me for more information about your surgeon. 

A thorough consultation, history, examination, and understanding of patient goals are required to determine which surgical procedure is appropriate for the bone spur. As such, information about the recovery period and return to activities and work will be discussed at time of consultation.  

The surgery typically takes about 30 minutes to 1 hour. Surgery is done with regional anesthesia and optional oral sedation. This means the nerves of the foot are numbed with local anesthetic so no pain is felt during the procedure. Oral medication is given to reduce anxiety, promote a calming effect, and sometimes a relaxing nap. This allows for a quicker, more comfortable recovery after surgery and poses significantly fewer risks and complications compared with general anesthesia.  

Detailed care instructions will be given and pain control medicine will be prescribed after surgery.  You will have direct contact with the surgical team should questions or concerns arise when you leave the office.

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