What Complications Can Arise Following Jones Fracture Surgery?

While the rate of complications of arthroscopy for treating a Jones fracture is very low, some patients may experience postoperative complications, depending on their overall health and the complexity of the procedure they underwent. Some of the most common risks after a Jones fracture surgery are:

  • blood clots
  • damage to blood vessels or nerves
  • excessive bleeding
  • infection
  • muscle atrophy
  • nonunion or malunion
  • delays in bone healing
  • persistent pain

Unfortunately, Jones fractures have some of the highest risks of nonunion when it comes to broken bones. Still, if the procedure is performed by a very experienced, reputable orthopedic surgeon who had carried out this surgery many times before, the risk of nonunion drops substantially.