surgery generally involves an incision in the
top or side of the big toe joint and the removal or realignment of soft tissue
and bone. This is done to relieve pain and restore normal alignment to the joint. Small wires, screws, or plates may be used to hold the bones in place. There are no guarantees that a bunion surgery will fully
relieve your pain.
There are over 100 surgeries for bunions. Research does not
show which type of surgery is best—surgery needs to be specific to your
condition. More than one procedure may be done at the same time.
The usual recovery period after bunion surgery is 6 weeks to 6
months, depending on the amount of soft tissue and bone affected. Complete
healing may take as long as 1 year.
You may want to consider surgery when:
After surgery, your ability to walk and do other activities is
likely to improve. The big toe joint is generally less painful and, as a
result, moves better. After the incision has healed and the swelling has gone
down, the toe may look more normal than before.
Risks of surgery include:
Think about the following when deciding about bunion surgery:
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August 5, 2013
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& Gavin W.G. Chalmers, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
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