Austin surgery involves a bony realignment of the 1st metatarsal bone to correct hallux valgus. The head of the metatarsal is cut in a V-shape (chevron osteotomy) and moved outwards (towards the little toe). The purpose is to reset the metatarsophalangeal joint and the "sesamoid bones". It is a load-stable conversion (i.e. no crutches are required after the operation). However, this is symptomatic, as no instabilities that have led to the metatarsals moving apart are treated.
This operation is used to correct slight hallux valgus deformities.
- Type of treatment:
- 3-5 days inpatient
- Duration of post-operative care:
- 6 weeks cast shoe