bunion correction surgery
Bunion correction surgery, also known as bunionectomy, is a surgical procedure that is used to correct the alignment of the big toe joint and remove the bony protrusion that causes a bunion. There are several different types of bunion surgery, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. The type of surgery that is recommended will depend on the severity of the bunion, the patient's overall health, and their goals for the surgery. Some of the most common types of bunion correction surgery include:
Osteotomy: This procedure involves cutting and repositioning the bone to realign the big toe joint.
Arthrodesis: This procedure involves fusing the big toe joint to correct the alignment and remove the bunion.
Exostectomy: This procedure involves removing the bony protrusion, or exostosis, that is causing the bunion.
Arthroplasty: This procedure involves removing the damaged joint surfaces and replacing them with a synthetic joint.
Recovery time and the type of procedure will depend on the severity of the bunion and the type of surgery performed. Generally speaking, patients can expect to wear a cast or boot for several weeks after the surgery, and it may take several months for the foot to fully heal. Physical therapy may also be prescribed to help regain strength and range of motion in the foot. It's important to consult with a board-certified foot and ankle specialist (orthopedic or podiatric surgeon) to determine the best course of treatment for your specific condition.