• Considering Bunion Surgery? What You Should Know

    by Dr. LaMour
    on Oct 1st, 2014

If the day-to-day pain and discomfort associated with a bunion has gotten to be too much, and non-surgical bunion treatments aren’t bringing you any relief, it might be time to consider bunion surgery. Opting to have surgery isn’t always an easy decision. But if you’re thinking of having bunion surgery (aka, a bunionectomy), here are some important facts about the procedure that may help you decide if it’s right for you.

Types Of Surgery

Bunion surgery is not a one-size-fits all procedure. There are many different types of surgery for bunions, and the type of surgery your doctor performs will be specific to your condition. Most bunion surgeries involve making an incision into the side or top of the big toe joint, then realigning or removing bone or tissue surrounding the joint. Small wires, screws or plates may be inserted to help hold the realigned bone in place. Each bunion is different, so choose a doctor that has experience in performing different types of bunionectomies.

During The Procedure

Bunion surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis. A regional anesthetic is used on the foot, and a sedative will be given to help you relax during the procedure. The procedure generally takes an hour or more, after which you may go home to begin your recovery.

Recovery Time

The recovery period for bunion surgery varies based on the type of surgery performed. It can be as little as 6 weeks or up to 6 months, depending on how much soft tissue and bone were affected during the procedure. Full healing may take up to a full year following surgery. For the first 1-3 weeks after the procedure, you will need to cover the foot when showering or bathing to ensure that stitches remain dry. You may be instructed not to put any weight on your foot for several weeks. Any pins that are sticking out of the foot are usually removed within 3 to 4 weeks following surgery, though in some cases they may remain in place for up to 6 weeks. Casts, splints or special shoes may be required for a period of time. Most normal activities can be resumed within 6 to 8 weeks, but in some cases it can be several months before you’re able to get back to normal.

Expectations Of Results

After surgery, you should expect an improvement in your ability to walk, a reduction in the amount of pain felt, and a more normal-looking appearance of the big toe. One survey reports that some 30% of people may be disappointed in the post-surgery result. It is important to have your doctor explain what sort of results you can expect for your specific situation to avoid disappointment later.

Post-Procedure Concerns

There can be side effects to bunion surgery, such as infection, restricted movement or stiffness of the big toe, or arthritis. Bunions may even return over time, especially if you continue to wear narrow or high-heeled shoes.

Only you can determine whether bunion surgery is the right option for you. Schedule a consultation to speak with our staff, and we can help give you the guidance and support you need to make an informed decision.

Original Source: http://www.drjefflamour.com/foot-diseases/considering-bunion-surgery-know/

Author Dr. LaMour

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