Bunionectomy Surgery in Bellevue, NE
Comprised of both tissue and bone, a bunion is a protrusion or enlargement of the joint at the base of your big or little toe. Bunions can cause pain and discomfort and, as a progressive disorder, symptoms can worsen overtime, impacting your ability to do simple activities like walking or wearing shoes.
If you have a bunion that is interfering with your quality of life, a bunionectomy may be recommended to you by your healthcare provider. A bunionectomy is a surgical procedure that removes a bunion and realigns the bones, tendons, ligaments and nerves in your foot as necessary.
To schedule a consultation with a healthcare provider in Bellevue who specializes in bunionectomy procedures, call (402) 289-8839 or contact Dr. Michelle Hinze online.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Bunionectomy?
Your healthcare provider will exhaust non-surgical bunion treatment options such as special shoes, custom orthotics or arch supports prior to recommending bunion removal surgery. Bunion treatment via surgical removal is only recommended if:
- Your pain is significant and limits your ability to walk, wear shoes or limits your normal everyday activities
- Special footwear or pads do not relieve your pain
- Medication does not relieve your pain
- You are unable to straighten and bend your big toe
- You have chronic inflammation in your toe that is not relieved by rest or with medication
- You develop a deformity in your toe where the big toe leans toward your smaller toes or crosses over the other toes near it
What to Expect from Surgical Bunion Removal
Prior to surgery, a full medical history and physical examination will be necessary. Your surgeon may request x-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds or even MRIs of your foot prior to surgery. You may also require urine and blood tests, as well as chest x-rays or other testing to see if your heart and lungs are able to handle surgery. You may also need to undergo an arthrocentesis, where fluid is removed from the joint for analysis, to rule out other conditions that may be causing swelling and joint pain like arthritis, gout or a joint infection.
A bunionectomy is almost always an outpatient procedure allowing you to return home the same-day as your procedure, and requires local or general anesthesia.
Because bunions come in different sizes and shapes, there are a variety of surgical procedures performed to correct them. In fact, there are a hundred or more different types of bunionectomy procedures. A bunion correction surgery almost always involves the realignment of the bone and repairing the soft tissues around the toe. Your bunionectomy may require bone screws, plates or pins.
After a bunionectomy, you should experience significantly less pain and again be able to participate in your normal activities. However, the road to recovery may take four to six months, with follow-up visits for up to a year. Some people take a full year to completely recover and return to normal.
As you recover, you will likely require proper dressing care, special footwear, therapy and exercises. Most bunion surgeries require a period where you must avoid all weight bearing on the foot to ensure that your bones heal with proper alignment. If you put weight on your foot too early the bones can shift position and your bunion correction will have to be redone. There are some bunion procedures that allow you to walk after surgery if you wear a special surgical shoe.
With any surgical procedure, there are risks. With bunion surgery, possible complications include:
- Reoccurrence of the bunion
- Slow healing or failure of the bone to heal
- Pain or stiffness, even if you had no pain or stiffness before the surgery
- Nerve injury
Relieve bunion pain today; request more information about bunion removal and preventive strategies to prevent its recurrence. Call (402) 289-8839 or contact Dr. Michelle Hinze online.
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