Are There Complications of Foot and Ankle Surgery?

No surgical procedure is without complications, but most complications are minor and do not effect final outcome. These include swelling, numbness, excessive scar tissue, superficial infections and acute pain. Complications that can affect the final outcome of surgery include, but are not limited to continued pain, worsened pain, recurrence of the problem or deformity, delayed or nonunion of bone correction and hardware failure.

The three most potentially devastating complications following surgery are Osteomyelitis (bone infection), DVT (blood clot), and CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome). We do have standard procedures in place to quickly recognize and treat these complications when they arise so long-term complications can be minimized.