Moberg procedure (and open MTP debridement) Surgical Technique


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The Moberg operation for the Hallux is a way of transferring plantar-flexion of the MTP joint to more functionally useful dorsiflexion. Its use is in cases of hallux rigidus and it is usually combined with a debridement of the MTP joint, using an open or arthroscopic technique.

The published evidence for its indications and use are not strong above and beyond a simple MTP joint debridement. It is however the sort of relatively small intervention to  that probably warrants consideration in addition to a joint debridement in the more active patient with sporting aspirations.


Author: Mark Herron FRCS

Institution: The Wellington Hospital , London


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