Bunion. Surgery. Two words you would rather not hear, especially in the same sentence. However, that’s about to change because you’re going to learn some really cool things about bunion surgery that won’t make you run in the other direction when you hear the two words together.
Bunions hurt. Surgery is scary. So why are you even reading about it? Well, you want to get rid of the foot pain caused by your bunion. You seemed to have tried all the conservative treatment options out there, and the pain is bad enough that you need something that will provide permanent relief, so you’re left with the one option you’ve dreaded reading about – surgery.
Bunion surgery might seem like a frightening endeavor because you just don’t know what the procedure is like. Odds are you’re probably thinking about blood, cutting open your foot, hundreds of stitches, and a long recovery time. It’s time for you to be enlightened!
You might not know that bunion surgery…
- Is called a bunionectomy.
- Uses a minimally invasive technique, a procedure that is done by making a small incision or sometimes no incision at all.
- Is an outpatient procedure, which means you’re in and out of the surgery center in one day!
- Is significantly less painful than traditional surgery.
- Causes less trauma to the foot than traditional surgery.
- Is done with small, jeweler-type instruments.
- Involves less bleeding.
- Requires the patient to have only small amounts of local anesthesia.
- Leaves minimal scarring.
- Corrects the position of the bunion deformity itself; other treatments just relieve the pain.
- Allows you to walk immediately in a wooden shoe, walking boot, or other alternative to crutches.
- Should be done by a board-certified podiatrist at a qualified surgery center.
Bunion Surgery at Adler Footcare
It’s important to underscore number 12 – it’s crucial that your surgery is performed by a board-certified podiatrist at an accredited surgery center. For example, the New York podiatrists at Adler Footcare perform all of their foot surgeries at our Joint Commission accredited podiatric OR housed within Adler Footcare. Accreditation is important because it means the center complies with national standards for health care quality and safety.
See? Bunion surgery isn’t so scary. At least we hope not now that you know what to expect and know who should perform the procedure. If you’d like more information about bunion surgery, contact a New York podiatrist at Adler Footcare. We believe feet shouldn’t hurt and neither should their treatment.
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