Lapidus procedure: (fixation using crossed screw technique)
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An operation for correction of hallux valgus deformity with a hypermobile MTC joint or in the patient with recurrence after previous hallux valgus surgery.
This is a midfoot operation and as such post-operative mobility is severely limited for the initial 6 weeks ,usually in a cast and non-weight-bearing. Overall return to normal function is more protracted than for a standard osteotomy and soft tissue correction.
It is unforgiving if not positioned correctly and Hallux Valgus recurrence is still described after the operation.
Author: Mark Herron FRCS
Institution: The Wellington Hospital , London
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