Objectives: In this study, we aimed to investigate the changes in health-related life quality via EQ-5D survey in patients with hallux valgus deformity who were treated with Lindgren-Turan method.
Materials and methods: Totally 60 patients (30 patients in Stockholm and 30 patients in Istanbul) with hallux valgus deformity who were treated with Lindgren-Turan method were included in the study. The health-related life quality levels were preoperatively and postoperatively recorded and compared for all patients via EQ-5D survey and changes were noted. Visual analogue scale (VAS) was used to evaluate the patient’s response to the question of how much healthy they feel. Radiological parameters were not taken into account in the course of life quality comparison.
Results: Pain and discomfort were found to be the most common complaints (87%) among the patients in the preoperative period which were followed by restricted motion caused by the deformity and difficulty in daily activities (60%). VAS score were significantly much worse in Turkish patients in the preoperative period. All parameters, including especially daily personal care and hygiene, were significantly improved postoperatively. VAS score which was questioning the general health status of the patients was also increased significantly (p<0.01).
Conclusions: Lindgren-Turan method for the surgical treatment of hallux valgus provides a significant recovery in patient’s health-related life quality.