Hammer Toe Correction
Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over some problems that could happen, such as:
- Excess bleeding
- Problems from anesthesia, such as wheezing or sore throat
- Nerve or blood vessel injury to the toe
- The hammer toe returns
Things that may raise the risk of problems are:
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