bunion removal surgery
Bunion removal surgery, also known as bunionectomy, is a surgical procedure that is used to remove a bunion. There are several different types of bunionectomy procedures, depending on the severity of the bunion and the underlying condition causing it.
The most common types of bunionectomy include:
Osteotomy: This procedure involves cutting the bone of the big toe joint and repositioning it to correct the alignment. The bone is held in place with screws or pins.
Exostectomy: This procedure involves removing the bony protrusion of the bunion, but not repositioning the bone.
Arthrodesis: This procedure involves fusing the bones of the big toe joint together to correct the alignment. This method is usually used for advanced cases of bunions.
The surgery is done under general anesthesia, and the recovery time varies depending on the type of surgery and the individual's overall health, but it can take several weeks or months to fully recover. Physical therapy may be recommended to help regain strength and range of motion in the foot. Wearing special shoes or inserts may be necessary to maintain proper alignment of the foot and to prevent a recurrence of the bunion.
It's important to note that bunion surgery is not always necessary and that you should talk with a foot and ankle surgeon for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, as surgery is a big decision and should not be taken lightly.