Bunions are an extremely common medical condition, with 1 in 3 adults around the world reporting experiencing bunion pain at some point throughout their life. A bunion is a painful condition in which a bony bump forms on the joint at the base of the big toe. Bunions occur when the alignment of one’s foot changes, causing the big toe to curve inward due to pressure. Bunion pain most commonly occurs when the bunion rubs against a shoe or against other toes, as well as in the ball of the foot due to misalignment. Bunions can cause pain and swelling around the big toe and when left untreated, may affect the alignment of other toes. Toenails may begin to grow into the sides of the nail bed. Toes may develop corns or become bent (hammertoes). Leaving a bunion untreated prolongs the pain and can lead to other painful conditions and complications, so it is important to see a doctor right away if you are experiencing foot pain or believe you might have a bunion.
Traditional Foot Surgery
Traditional bunion surgery is considered to be one of the most painful medical procedures that one can undergo, and often requires a great deal of post-operative care. The anesthesia used during the procedure makes this a major surgery, and the 3-6 week recovery period might require some patients to take additional time off from work or school. Patients must care for stitches that can not get wet for several weeks after surgery, making tasks like bathing difficult. It is also common for patients to require the use of crutches in the weeks following surgery, and to wear a special post-operative shoe.
Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery
At Northwest Surgery Center, we are proud to offer minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of bunions that effectively serves as a better alternative to traditional bunion surgery.
The local anesthesia we use during these procedures is similar to the anesthesia you get at your dentist – it leaves you feeling relaxed, and prevents you from feeling any pain. We do not put patients to sleep, as we only make three minor incisions to fix bunions.
We do not open or expose your foot. Also, we do not use hardware. The doctor wraps up your foot in a soft cast and uses gauze to cover your foot. A comfortable, lightweight boot enables you to walk right out of the operating room. You can move around and you will not need crutches. Most patients experience no post-operative pain.
Foot Surgery for Bunions at Northwest Surgery Center
Contact us for an appointment and free consultation. If you need your bunion problem fixed as soon as possible, we can make it happen. Sometimes, it is possible to have the procedure right after the free consultation.