Perioperative complications of the Scarf osteotomy

Foot Ankle Int. 2003 Mar;24(3):222-7. doi: 10.1177/107110070302400304.


We reporting the perioperative complications during our early experience using the Scarf osteotomy to correct hallux valgus. A case note review was carried out for the first 100 Scarf osteotomy procedures completed by the senior author. There were six patients (6%) with perioperative complications. Four of these were intraoperative complications including a split first metatarsal in three cases, a shearing of the K-wire in one case and there were two cases of postoperative stress fracture. These complications should be considered by those beginning to master the Scarf osteotomy procedure and by surgeons teaching surgical trainees.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bone Screws
  • Female
  • Fractures, Bone / etiology
  • Fractures, Stress / etiology
  • Hallux Valgus / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Complications
  • Metatarsal Bones / injuries
  • Metatarsal Bones / surgery*
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteotomy / adverse effects*
  • Osteotomy / methods
  • Postoperative Complications