When your bunions have begun to cause constant or severe pain or interfere with your life, it's time to consider bunion surgery. Your Denver, CO, podiatrists at Cherry Creek Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Florin Costache, and Dr. Lorry Melnick, can help you evaluate your bunion surgery options.
Do you need bunion surgery?
Bunion surgery may be recommended if more conservative treatment options, like taping, orthotics, and night splints, are no longer helpful. When bunion pain makes exercising, walking or participating in your usual activities difficult or uncomfortable, your Denver, CO, foot doctor may suggest surgery.
Common types of bunion surgery include:
- Exostectomy: Exostectomy is a surgical procedure that removes the bony bump on your toe. The procedure is usually used in conjunction with other bunion procedures that realign the joint.
- Osteotomy: During this surgery, your surgeon realigns the bone after making small incisions in it. Pins or screws are added to ensure the bone heals correctly. Your muscles, tendons, and ligaments will also be realigned, as some may have become too loose, while others might have tightened due to your bunion.
- Arthrodesis: This surgery is usually only performed if inflammation caused by arthritis has damaged the joint. Bones in the joint are fused together during this surgery, and tendons and ligaments are balanced. After the surgery, you won't be able to bend your toe.
- Resection Arthroplasty: After removing the bunion and the damaged part of the joint, your podiatrist creates a new joint with scar tissue. This surgery is usually only needed if you have severe arthritis or other bunion surgeries that haven't been successful.
Recovering from bunion surgery
Bunion surgery is usually an outpatient procedure and is performed using local or regional anesthesia. Although you'll remain awake during the procedure, you won't feel a thing.
You'll wear a surgical boot or cast over your foot for several weeks after bunion surgery. You may also need to use special shoes and a foot brace to keep your foot properly aligned while it heals. Depending on the type of surgery you had, you may be able to drive and resume some of your daily activities about six weeks after surgery. Full recovery may take several months.
Are you considering Bunion surgery or Bunion care? Call your podiatrists in Denver, CO, Dr. Costache and Dr. Melnick of Cherry Creek Foot & Ankle Clinic, at our special scheduling # (201) 613-2957 to schedule your appointment. Calls made to our scheduling number will automatically ring our clinic.