If you have one or more bunions and conservative treatments don’t ease your symptoms, consider minimally invasive bunion surgery. The doctors at Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey perform minimally invasive bunion surgery as an outpatient same-day procedure. To schedule an appointment today, call the nearest office, or book a consultation online.
Minimally invasive bunion surgery provides an alternative to traditional orthopedic surgery. It features special tools and smaller incisions to safely correct painful bunions in a cosmetic and functionally pleasing manner.
In addition, minimally invasive bunion surgery significantly reduces scarring, post-operative pain, swelling, and chances of infection due to the minimal and tactically placed incisions.
To determine if you qualify for minimally invasive bunion surgery, the doctors review your medical history, ask about your symptoms and lifestyle, and physically examine your foot.
X-rays are also ordered to get a closer look at the bones, joints, and soft tissues in the affected foot.
If you smoke tobacco or have chronic conditions like high blood pressure and/or diabetes, make sure to let the doctors know during your initial consultation. These issues won’t necessarily disqualify you from minimally invasive bunion surgery, but they may increase your risk of complications.
The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure either at the hospital or surgical center. Since this is a same-day surgery, you can return home immediately afterward.
The patient is initially put to sleep either with IV sedation or general anesthesia that is administered by the anesthesiologist. Once the anesthesia sets in, a series of small incisions are made near the bunion.
Next, the doctor cuts the first metatarsal — the bone just behind the big toe. After performing the bone cut, he gently realigns the bone correcting the triplanar bunion deformity and holds it in place with screws or a plate and screws. The incisions are then closed with sutures and the foot is then wrapped in a soft dressing. A local anesthetic injection is also administered around the surgical site to reduce post-operative pain.
Minimally invasive bunion surgery usually takes 60-90 minutes. Following your operation, a friend or family member can drive you home.
Following surgery, you can walk and return to work almost immediately. However, you’ll need to wear special shoes or a boot for a few weeks that take the pressure off of the treated bunion until the bone heals.
In the days following your procedure, it’s normal to experience some pain, stiffness, and swelling. Listen to the doctors recovery instructions carefully and take any medications as prescribed. It’s also crucial you attend all follow-up appointments as serial x-rays will need to be performed to assess the healing of the bone.
To learn more about the benefits of minimally invasive bunion surgery, schedule an appointment at Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey. Call the nearest office today, or book a consultation online.