bunion foot surgery
Bunion surgery, also known as bunionectomy, is a procedure that is performed to correct a bunion and alleviate pain. The specific type of surgery will depend on the severity of the bunion and the patient's individual needs. Some common types of bunion surgery include:
- Osteotomy: This procedure involves cutting and realigning the bone to correct the misalignment.
- Exostectomy: This procedure involves removing the bony protrusion.
- Arthrodesis: This procedure involves fusing the joint to correct the misalignment and alleviate pain.
- Arthroplasty: This procedure involves removing the damaged joint surfaces and replacing them with artificial joint surfaces.
Recovery time after bunion surgery can vary, but patients typically need to wear a protective boot or cast for several weeks and use crutches to avoid weight-bearing on the foot. Physical therapy may also be recommended to help regain strength and flexibility in the foot. It's important to note that surgery can have some risks and complications such as infection, nerve damage, and chronic pain. It is recommended to consult with a board-certified foot and ankle surgeon to determine if surgery is the best option for you and to understand the risks, benefits and recovery process.