Hallux Valgus Surgeon near Toulon
Dr. Lopez is a hallux valgus surgeon near Toulon specializing in foot and ankle surgery and sports traumatology.
Appointment with the Hallux Valgus Specialist near Toulon
Are you suffering from hallux valgus and live near Toulon? Whether you want to schedule a follow-up consultation or an initial appointment, the hallux valgus specialist near Toulon will be happy to welcome you at the clinics in Nice or Cannes.
73 Bd de Cimiez
33 Bd d'Oxford
Unable to visit in person? The surgeon also offers teleconsultation slots.
You can make an appointment by:
- Contacting Dr. Julien Lopez's office via email or phone.
- Using Doctolib. Simply choose the location and reason for the consultation.
The surgeon also accepts new patients.
Hallux Valgus: Definition and Diagnosis
Hallux valgus is a foot deformity characterized by a lateral deviation of the big toe outward. This condition is commonly referred to as a "bunion" due to the bump that forms at the base of the big toe.
Although hallux valgus is a common condition, there are certain aggravating factors:
- Wearing narrow or high-heeled shoes
- Presence of other conditions (flat feet, etc.)
Several symptoms are characteristic of hallux valgus:
- Deviation of the big toe
- Bony bump
- Redness and swelling
Wondering when to undergo hallux valgus surgery near Toulon?
In the case of hallux valgus, it is advisable to seek consultation as soon as possible to prevent significant deformity. Early intervention facilitates the surgeon's work and limits complications.
The diagnosis of hallux valgus largely relies on the clinical examination of the foot. The specialist in hallux valgus surgery will assess the severity of the deformity and the presence of associated symptoms.
In some cases, medical imaging exams may be necessary. Dr. Julien Lopez may prescribe a foot X-ray to assess the severity of the deformity and determine the most appropriate treatment.
Hallux Valgus Surgery near Toulon Using the Percutaneous Technique
In the case of failure of conservative treatment, the practitioner will refer you to hallux valgus surgery near Toulon.
Dr. Julien Lopez specializes in hallux valgus surgery. When possible, he prefers the use of the percutaneous technique.
This surgical technique offers numerous advantages compared to traditional open surgery:
- Smaller scars
- Smaller incisions
- Faster recovery
- Less postoperative pain
- Reduced risk of infection and complications
- Shorter hospitalization time
During the surgery, Dr. Julien Lopez makes tiny incisions (only a few millimeters in size) to access the area to be operated on. The surgeon then performs the procedure under radioscopic control using small surgical instruments inserted through the incisions.
Discover all the steps of the treatment journey to ensure that your stay at the clinic goes smoothly.
Before the Surgery
- Between 3 days and 3 months before the operation, you will need to schedule an appointment with the anesthetist. This appointment is mandatory. The anesthetist will provide you with all the necessary information and instructions regarding medications and diet.
- We also recommend scheduling physiotherapy sessions as early as possible, starting from the 4th postoperative week.
- Remember to obtain all the equipment prescribed by your surgeon (scar cream, crutches, cold brace, etc.).
- It is also recommended to start homeopathic treatment 5 days before the surgery.
The Day Before the Surgery
On the day before the surgery, you will need to take a preoperative shower. All instructions regarding this step are provided in the skin preparation protocol provided to you by the office.
Remember to fast for 6 hours before the surgery.
The Day of the Surgery
On the day of the surgery, you will be asked to bring all your medical examinations (MRI, CT scans, X-rays, etc.), your administrative file, and the prescribed equipment.
The surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. You will be able to return home a few hours after the procedure. You will need to be accompanied by someone to arrange your return home.
Before the surgery, you will be taken to the anesthesia room. Local-regional anesthesia is the most common type of anesthesia for hallux valgus. It allows for numbing the foot for a duration of 6 to 12 hours.
After the Surgery
Dr. Julien Lopez applies a dressing to the foot to maintain the big toe in the correct position during the healing process. This dressing should be kept on for 21 days, until the first postoperative visit.
After the surgery, you will be transferred to your room, where you can enjoy a snack. You will then be able to get up and return home with the assistance of a companion.