Bunion surgery – is it necessary?

Not all foot problems go away easily. Conservative treatments may not be able to solve certain foot and ankle problems. Bunions are one of those problems that may require surgery. The surgery is a complex process, and there are many things you need to understand.

A bunion deformity in your foot can cause inflammation, irritation, and pain. The surgical procedure for a bunion is known as a bunionectomy. There are two types of bunionectomies, each doing a specific thing to correct the problem. A procedure on the head, or top of the bone treats the problem big toe joint. They are often done on patients that cannot be immobilized for long periods of time or whose bunion is not very large. The other type is a base procedure, done near the bottom of the bone. Those can be done in many kinds of ways, such as making a cut and rotating the bone or even fusing the bone. These are more complicated and require the patient to be immobilized for a longer period of time.

There are three main points to consider about the success of bunion surgery:

Choose a surgeon with experience with bunionectomies. These surgeries require understanding of your foot and which type of surgery to perform. A surgeon that has prior experience with bunionectomies is a better choice to receive a better outcome.
You should be realistic about what the surgery can accomplish. No surgeon can guarantee that you will never have a reoccurrence, or that you will no longer have pain. Also, you may never be able to wear dressier, narrower shoes again, due to the structure of your foot after the bunion is removed.
Surgery is not perfect. Even after your surgery, you may not have the desired results immediately. It may take time, so be patient. The most important thing is talk with your doctor and understand all the risks vs. the benefits of surgery.
Bunions are just one of the many types of biomechanical problems we treat at Central Jersey Foot and Ankle Care in Manalapan, NJ. Please feel free to contact Dr. Bass via our website or by calling (732) 866-4411 to set-up an appointment, daytime or evening hours are available, to discuss this or any other problem you have with your feet.