Because an incision is made in order to place the external fixation device during your toe-lengthening surgery, there is a slight risk of infection. You could develop a superficial infection, causing tenderness and redness around the pins of the external fixation device.

If you do show signs of infection, Dr. K will prescribe antibiotics that will quickly take care of it. Be sure to report any pain, swelling, or redness around the pins to Dr. K. as soon as possible.