Bunionectomy is a corrective procedure that repositions the big toe to provide relief from painful deformities. By removing bony growths and restoring balance, this surgical approach can help restore feet to their natural alignment and alleviate discomfort associated with bunions. Bunion Surgery is typically performed under general anesthetic and involves making small incisions into the area of deformity on either side of the big toe. Damaged tissue such as cartilage, tendons, and ligaments may be removed or repaired depending on your particular condition. A bunionectomy can also involve repositioning soft tissues and bones, cutting away excess bone from the metatarsal heads, or even implanting medical devices such as pins to keep parts of your foot in place while they heal. Following surgery, recovery includes immobilization with a walking boot or cast for up to 6 weeks and physical therapy exercises to restore strength, range of motion and flexibility in order to ensure a successful outcome. Pain relief medications such as ibuprofen may be prescribed during this period, depending on the patient’s pain levels. The healing process after Bunion Surgery can take several months before full mobility is regained, but many patients are able to return to work within one week after surgery. Although it is considered an effective treatment option for bunions, all potential candidates must have an informed discussion with their podiatrist about the associated risks before making any decision. These include infection, nerve damage, or decreased range of motion due to scarring.
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