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What Is A Tarsal Coalition Resection?

Surgeons perform tarsal coalition resection as a surgical procedure to address the condition wherein two or more tarsal bones in the foot abnormally fuse together. Moreover, this results in restriction of foot movement, pain, and discomfort. Typically present at birth, tarsal coalitions can lead to issues during adolescence or adulthood as the bones stop growing and the fusion becomes more rigid.

Tarsal coalition frequently involves the seven tarsal bones located in the middle and hindfoot regions of the foot. Moreover, common affected joints include the talocalcaneal and calcaneonavicular joints.

Tarsal Coalition Resection Procedure Steps

Before surgery, the patient receives anesthesia, typically either general anesthesia to induce unconsciousness or regional anesthesia to numb the lower body. The surgeon then incises over the affected tarsal coalition to access the fused bones. With precision, the surgeon separates the fused tarsal bones, aiming to restore mobility and function to the affected joints. In certain cases, a small portion of the bone may be excised to ensure complete separation and prevent fusion recurrence. Additionally, the surgeon adjusts surrounding soft tissues, ligaments, or tendons to achieve proper alignment and stability of the foot. Upon completing the tarsal coalition resection and any required soft tissue adjustments, the surgeon sutures the incision closed and dresses and bandages the surgical site.

Rehabilitation and Recovery

Following surgery, the patient may require crutches or a walker for a period of non-weight-bearing on the affected foot to facilitate proper healing of the surgical site. Moreover, during the initial healing phase, a cast or specialized boot may be employed to protect the foot.

Recovery from tarsal coalition resection entails resting and elevating. Additionally, gradually resuming weight-bearing activities under the supervision of a foot and ankle specialist deems helpful. Physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises play a crucial role in rebuilding strength, flexibility, and function in the foot throughout the recovery journey.

Orthopedic surgeons or foot and ankle specialists generally consider tarsal coalition resection as an effective treatment for tarsal coalition. It can alleviate pain, restore foot mobility, and enhance overall foot function. Nevertheless, similar to any surgical procedure, potential risks and complications exist, including infection, delayed wound healing, and the possibility of coalition recurrence.

The decision to undergo tarsal coalition resection is made after a thorough evaluation and discussion with an orthopedic surgeon or foot and ankle specialist. They evaluate the individual’s specific condition, medical history, and overall health to ascertain if the procedure is the appropriate treatment option.

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