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Morton Neuroma Removal
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Morton neuroma is an inflammation and scarring of a nerve in the foot that goes to the toes. Surgical treatment involves removing the area of inflammation and the nerve.
Reasons for Procedure TOP
Morton neuroma can cause pain and tingling. Morton neuroma removal is done to lessen these symptoms when other treatment has not helped. After the removal, most people have pain relief.
Possible Complications TOP
Problems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
What to Expect TOP
Prior to Procedure
You doctor may do the following:
Local or general anesthesia will be used. Local anesthesia will numb the area. With general anesthesia, you will be asleep.
Description of Procedure TOP
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 end of the nerve will be attached to a toe tendon. Sometimes, the ligament between the involved foot bones is cut to prevent pressure on the area. The incision will then be closed with stitches. A bandage will be applied over the area.
After Procedure TOP
The removed tissue will be examined in a lab. The results may take several days.
How Long Will It Take? TOP
Less than 1 hour
How Much Will It Hurt? TOP
Anesthesia will prevent pain during surgery. Pain and discomfort after the procedure can be managed with medications.
Average Stay TOP
If there were no complications, you may be able to leave the same day.
Post-procedure Care TOP
You will have to restrict activity while recover. This may take 3-6 weeks. Home care may include:
The small area where the nerve was removed is likely to remain numb.
Call Your Doctor TOP
Contact your doctor if your recovery is not progressing as expected or you develop complications such as:
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
American Podiatric Medical Association
College of Podiatric Physicians of Alberta
Canadian Podiatric Medical Association
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Last reviewed June 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
Last Updated: 5/29/2014
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