Conventional Morton’s neuroma surgery is regarded as a last resort treatment option reserved for patients who have exhausted all other options. Morton’s neuroma surgery is not always successful and the recovery period can be many months.
Traditional Morton’s Neuroma Surgery
Traditional Morton’s neuroma surgery involves a general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic foot block, followed by excision of the foot neuroma. The surgery generally requires the use of stitches (which should be always kept clean and dry), strong pain killers, and a post-operative shoe or boot that is worn for several weeks. Complete recovery from Morton’s neuroma surgery can take up to 6 months.
Complications of Morton’s Neuroma Surgery
Complications of conventional Morton’s neuroma surgery include post-operative infection, haematoma, numbness and the development of a stump neuroma. Stump neuroma are neuroma that form at the stump of the excised nerve in the foot and are frequently as painful as the original neuroma, and sometimes more so. Stump neuroma formation occurs in approximately 20% of patients that undergo conventional Morton’s neuroma surgery and will often require additional surgery or cryotherapy to treat.
In some cases it may not be possible to surgically remove the Morton’s neuroma without also removing part of the nerve. When this is the case the affected area of your foot will be left permanently numb.
Modern Morton’s Neuroma Surgery
In 2008 Mr. Weaver, Podiatrist at The Barn Clinic, introduced a more modern type of Morton’s neuroma surgery to the UK. Cryosurgery uses extremely low temperatures to selectively destroy the scar tissue while leaving the rest of the nerve intact. Compared to conventional surgery, Cryosurgery for Morton’s neuroma has a much shorter recovery time and virtually no risk of a stump neuroma developing.