Cheilectomy

A cheilectomy is an operation to remove extra bone that forms on the top of the big toe, which may cause pain and restricted movement of the joint.

Common questions

What is cheilectomy?

Cheilectomy is an operation to remove extra bone that forms on the top of the big toe, which may cause pain and restricted movement of the joint. Cheilectomy is used to treat Hallux Rigidus (or a stiff big toe) a condition often caused by arthritis at the base of the big toe.

Why might I have a cheilectomy?

You might have a cheilectomy in order to treat Hallux Rigidus (or a stiff big toe) a condition often caused by arthritis at the base of the big toe.

For the vast majority of patients with less severe arthritis, a cheilectomy is very successful at reducing symptoms.

What happens during a cheilectomy?

During the operation, your surgeon will remove extra bone that forms on the top of the big toe, which may cause pain and restricted movement of the joint.

What should I expect after a cheilectomy?

After a cheilectomy it is important that you are not left alone for the next 24 hours and do not operate machinary or appliances, eg cooker, kettle etc. You could be off work for 2 weeks or more while you get better and you must not drive for 2 weeks (unless you have an automatic car and left foot surgery).

Contact Benenden Hospital

It’s easy to make an appointment; you can ask your GP or give us a call on 01580 230661.