Tarsal Tunnel Release

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This operation is very safe, and produces excellent results. There are, however, several possible risks and complications. They are unlikely, but possible.

You need to know about them just in case they happen. By being informed you may be able to help your doctor detect complications early.

The risks and complications include those related to anesthesia, and those related to any type of surgery. If your doctor decides to use general anesthesia, the risks include nausea, vomiting, urinary retention, cut lips, chipped teeth, sore throat, and headache. More serious risks of general anesthesia include heart attack, stroke, and pneumonia.
Your anesthesiologist will discuss these risks with you and ask if you are allergic to certain medications. Some of the risks for tarsal tunnel release are present in any type of surgery. These include:

  1. Infection (deep in the tarsal tunnel, or at the skin level.)

  1. Bleeding.

  1. A skin scar.

    Are infections very common after tarsal tunnel release?

    Press Yes or No

    Incorrect. Infections are very rare.

    Correct. Infections are very rare.

    There are other risks and complications related specifically to this surgery, but they are very rare. It is important, however, to know about them.

The nerve may be injured, resulting in permanent loss of feeling in the foot.

The tendon may be injured, resulting in weakness of the foot.

There is also the possibility that the operation may not help the symptoms, and may even make them worse.




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Last modified: April 19, 2013