PLANTAR FIBROMA EXCISION
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What Is A Plantar Fibroma Excision?
Plantar fibroma excision is a surgical procedure performed to remove a plantar fibroma, which is a benign (non-cancerous) mass or nodule that develops in the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. Plantar fibromas are firm and can cause pain and discomfort when they grow and press against nearby structures like nerves and surrounding tissues.
The procedure involves the surgical removal of the plantar fibroma to alleviate pain, improve foot function, and prevent further growth or recurrence. Plantar fibroma excision is usually considered when conservative treatments, such as orthotics, physical therapy, and corticosteroid injections, have not provided sufficient relief.
The general steps of plantar fibroma excision include:
- Anesthesia: The patient is typically given local or regional anesthesia to numb the foot during the surgery.
- Incision: The surgeon makes an incision over the plantar fibroma to access the mass.
- Fibroma removal: The surgeon carefully removes the plantar fibroma from its attachment to the plantar fascia.
- Closure: After the fibroma removal, the incision is closed with sutures, and the surgical site is dressed and bandaged.
Post-operatively, the patient may need to use crutches or a walker for a period of non-weight-bearing on the foot to allow for proper healing of the surgical site. A cast or a specialized boot may also be used to protect the foot during the initial healing phase.
Recovery from plantar fibroma excision involves rest, elevation, and gradual return to weight-bearing activities under the guidance of a foot and ankle specialist. Physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises may be recommended to aid in the recovery process and improve foot function.
Plantar fibroma excision is generally considered a safe and effective treatment for plantar fibromas. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications, including infection, delayed wound healing, and the possibility of recurrence.
The decision to undergo plantar fibroma excision is made after a thorough evaluation and discussion with an orthopedic surgeon or a podiatrist, who will assess the individual’s specific condition, medical history, and overall health to determine if the procedure is the appropriate treatment option.