Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery Lets You Get Back on Your Feet Sooner

Bunion surgery or bunionectomy in general is a procedure to correct the alignment of the big toe joint. This typically involves an incision at the side of the big toe joint, then the bone is cut across to line up the joint. In some cases, some bone is removed especially if the bunion is too large. Then the bone is pinned in place using metal screws, plates, wires, or pins. Post-operative pain, recovery times, aesthetics, and the whole outcome all depends on the surgical technique used.

Which Surgical Technique is best for Bunions?

There are a lot of things to consider before bunion surgery. Basically, a bunion is a bump at the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions form due to improper footwear, especially tight pointy high heels. These shoes compress the foot leading to the deviation of the joint. A bunion is a progressive condition; the bump will slowly grow over time and the associated pain will get worse as well. Because of this, a lot of people think that bunions form due to new bone growth. The fact is, a bunion is just a displaced joint, the bump that we see is actually the head of the first metatarsal bone. Some surgical techniques, especially traditional bunion surgery require removal of some of the joint bone which is unnecessary since this is still natural bone that is just been displaced. Also, a very long incision is required to allow a lot of room for bone manipulation and cutting. This results to very long painful recovery and an ugly scar after surgery.

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