During clubfoot repair, the major tendons in the foot and ankle are cut, released and repositioned. Sometimes, metal pins are used to hold the foot and ankle in the correct position.
Also Known As:
- Clubfoot release
- Foot tendon release
- Foot surgery
- Ligament lengthening
- Ligament shortening
- Foot stabilization surgery
Conditions Treated with Clubfoot Repair:
Clubfoot repair is used in cases of a congenital clubfoot deformity.
Non-surgical alternatives to clubfoot repair include physical therapy, repeated casting and wearing a foot brace. There are no comparable surgical alternatives to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Clubfoot Repair:
Clubfoot repair is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Clubfoot Repair:
Possible risks following clubfoot repair include swelling, infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. A cast or brace may be needed for up to one year.
Prognosis after Clubfoot Repair:
The prognosis for a positive end result following clubfoot repair is very good.
Recovery from Clubfoot Repair:
Total recovery following clubfoot repair is eight to 12 weeks.