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Bunionectomy Procedure

Break Free of Bunion Pain with Minimally Invasive Surgery

When bunions cannot be treated effectively through non-invasive measures such as lifestyle changes or medication, a bunionectomy, or bunion removal surgery, is often the next choice for victims. At miVIP Surgery Centers, our podiatric experts perform this minimally invasive procedure on an outpatient basis, so that our patients can return to their normal lives as soon as possible.

A bunionectomy can relieve the significant pain associated with bunions, but it also offers other benefits. If left untreated, bunions can push against other toes, causing deformities, or they can alter a person’s gait, leading to joint or muscle strains in other parts of the body. Bunion surgery can prevent all of these undesirable outcomes.

The Basics of the Bunionectomy Procedure

Every bunion surgery is not identical. Factors such as the size of the bunion, its underlying causes, and its effects on the rest of the foot help determine which of the following procedures will be performed:

  • The removal of just the bony protrusion of the bunion
  • The cutting and realigning of the toe joint
  • The removal of damaged parts or surfaces of the joint
  • The rebalancing of ligaments around the joint to encourage a straighter alignment

Regardless of the specifics, the surgery is usually quick, and patients typically receive sedation but remain conscious during the procedure.

The Best Bunion Surgeons for the Job

Only the top surgeons are employed at miVIP Surgery Centers, and our podiatry specialists are no exception. Our surgeons have the experience necessary to ensure a smooth surgery and an optimal outcome, but that is not all that they have to offer. Our podiatrists also possess the knowledge needed to determine what factors caused your bunion to develop, which allows them to choose the correct procedure and recommend lifestyle changes to reduce your chance of facing similar problems in the future.

What to Expect During Recovery

The recovery from bunion removal surgery takes several months, and lifestyle changes must be made during the weeks immediately after surgery. During the recovery period, you will need to:

  • Keep the surgical dressings dry and intact to prevent infections
  • Avoid directly placing weight on the foot for a few weeks
  • Wait until the dressings are removed to wear approved shoes such as athletic shoes
  • Steer clear of high heels and other shoes that strain the feet for at least six months
  • Perform any stretches, exercises, or physical therapy recommended by your surgeon

Cost of the Procedure

The cost of a bunionectomy depends on what is done during the procedure and on your insurance coverage. Insurance will not cover a bunion removal surgery performed for cosmetic reasons, but certain policies may cover surgery if the bunion causes debilitating pain or other foot problems. However, it is best to speak with your policy provider about coverage early on so that you can make a plan for financing your surgery if necessary.

Bunionectomy Prognosis

Bunion removal surgery is a procedure with a relatively low risk of complications. People who do not make lifestyle changes or receive the correct treatment may be at risk of developing bunions again in the future, but at miVIP Surgery Centers, we take all possible measures to ensure that this does not happen to our patients. Most patients see remarkable improvements in mobility and comfort after having the surgery.

Call miVIP Today

If you’re tired of living with persistent bunion pain, help is only a phone call away. Contact miVIP Surgery Centers at 877-956-2263 to learn more about our bunion removal surgery options or to schedule a consultation.

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