What is a Bunion and What Causes Them?
A bunion is a bony bump that usually forms on the main big toe joint, right at the base of the big toe. The big toe points more and more toward the toes of the same foot. It is a common foot deformity that both men and women can suffer from. The odds of getting a bunion are greater for runners 36 and older. Bunion surgery has transformed over the past few years, so don’t let the horror stories keep you in pain.
An imbalance in the foot’s muscles, ligaments, and tendons causes bunions. The imbalance can result from ill-fitting footwear, genetics and other factors that might affect the foot’s delicate balance. High heels are a strong culprit, and they may be one reason that bunions are ten times more common in women.
Bunion Surgery Options and Treatments
Bunion surgery is infamous for horror stories. People avoid it like the plague, and some even resort to home bunion fixes. But not all bunion surgery are the same. Overall, there is a big difference in patient experience. Make sure your story is pleasant.
There are 40+ types of surgeries available to correct bunion problems, and they all fall into two main categories. Compare the two types of foot surgery here.
1) Conventional Open Foot Surgery
Most conventional open foot surgery comes with long-term pain and up to half a year of recovery time.
MPJ fusion or a Lapidus bunionectomy, for example, may require a minimum of 3 months to return to normal activities and regular shoes. Osteotomy, or bone cut, is another common surgery that treats bunions. This holds the bones together and keeps them to the proper place with two screws. This procedure also needs at least two months to return to your regular shoes and daily activities.
2) Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery
If treating your bunion least painfully with the fastest recovery time is important to you, this might be the option for you.
The minimally invasive procedure started at Northwest Surgery Center is different from all the others who claim to be “minimally invasive.” Because, we do not expose the entire bone and there is no internal hardware. We create small incisions in the foot using local anesthesia. Then we remove the bunion by creating tiny fractures. Finally, we realign the bones.
After the surgery, we wrap your foot in a soft cast, using gauze to protect against impacts and strains. Most can walk, go to work, or even drive a car right after the surgery.
We are pioneers in this Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery. We understand the busy schedules of our clients. Therefore, our surgery takes only around an hour and a half, which includes pre- and post-op. Our Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery typically has a quick recovery time because the small skin incision used. Therefore, it heals much faster than large incisions made by traditional surgery procedures.
You shouldn’t have to bare foot pain or fear the barbaric procedures of the past to get relief from surgery. Allow Northwest Surgery Center to remove your bunion with our pioneered Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery. Schedule a free consultation today.