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Table 4 Most frequently occurring post-operative sequalae

From: Correction of hallux abducto valgus by scarf osteotomy. A ten-year retrospective multicentre review of patient reported outcomes shows high satisfaction rates with podiatric surgery

Sequalae (out of 1351 patients) Number %
No observed sequalae 964 75.1
Metatarsal fracture 62 4.6
Joint pain & stiffness > 3 months 53 4.1
Scar hypertrophy / keloid 26 2.0
Swelling beyond 4 months 25 1.9
Pain at surgical site > 6 weeks 23 1.8
Transfer metatarsalgia 21 1.6
Fixation problems requiring removal 20 1.5
Infection suspected / not proven 18 1.4
Stitch abscess / suture reaction 12 0.9
Wound dehiscence 10 0.8
Surgery failed e.g., recurrence, hallux varus) 9 0.7
Infection proven 7 0.5
Deep vein thrombosis 7 0.5
Excessive post-operative pain (first 72 hours) 5 0.4
Patient non-compliance 5 0.4
Motor power weakness 3 0.2
Bone union delay 2 0.2
Medication side effect 1 0.1
Callus or IPK formation 1 0.1
Haematoma 1 0.1