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Minerva Medicolegale 2014 March;134(1):1-11

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Medical responsibility of hallux valgus surgery: clinical series and professional negligence

Gennari P. 1, Mauri F. 2

1 Medico Specializzando in Medicina Legale, Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italia; 2 Medico Legale Libero Professionista, Torino, Italia


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Hallux valgus is a deformation of the foot characterized by lateral deviation of the big toe, commonly seen in clinical practice and orthopedic surgery. Currently more than 150 surgical techniques for the correction of such deformities are described in literature: what emerged from some studies is that 25-33% of patients at follow-up were not pleased with the results achieved from corrective surgery. The fact that the valgus angle and pain were improved, appears to be particularly irrelevant. The potential risk of medico-legal litigation in this type of surgical approaches is clear: in this paper, through the analysis of some real cases, we will describe some typical scenarios, trying to highlight critical aspects from a clinical and medico-legal point of view.

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