Bunion Correction Options

         

When looking at bunion correction options, it’s important to first assess the level of discomfort you experience from bunions on your lifestyle. Many times bunions can be managed, but not cured, with non-surgical treatments including wearing the right footwear (good padding/arches and the correct size), placing bunion shields over the area of the bunion, avoiding activity that causes bunion pain, taking anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen, applying ice packs and injections of corticosteroids (by a doctor) to reduce the inflammation.

However, if a bunion gets progressively worse then surgery is likely to be the only option. Traditional bunion surgery leaves scars on the outside of the foot and scar tissue inside the foot, which results in more pain and swelling. There may also be a loss of range of motion for the big toe, which requires physical therapy.

Fortunately, Dr. K’s Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery uses a much smaller incision than traditional bunion surgery. This means no scarring on the outside of the foot and very little if any, scar tissue inside the foot. Dr. K’s patients normally experience far less swelling and pain than people who have traditional bunion surgery.

A MESSAGE FROM DR. K

WHY & HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS PROCEDURE?

My training in limb lengthening and limb deformity has always been the focal point of my practice. During the past five years, I’ve been doing bunion corrections utilizing traditional techniques, but patient progress was always a big concern to me. Most of these patients had pain for weeks, used crutches, and had limited range of motion after surgery.

Patients did not want to be off their feet for a long time and have to use crutches, which was always a big concern for me. I would see patients who would wait years to get their bunions corrected because they could not take time off from work or were busy at home taking care of kids etc. I came across an article that was published in JBJS in 2005 published by some surgeons in Italy. After reading that article I realized that there was a better way of doing bunion surgery. In that article, most of these patients were walking within three days after surgery and had a low level of discomfort.

I decided to try this procedure with a few modifications. These modifications include smaller incisions and using an osteotome, which provides a better environment for bone healing. I am also able to prevent and eliminate pin-track infections that some of the patients were getting.

I have done over 350 of these procedures over the past 36 months with little to no complications. Most of my patients are walking the next day without the use of crutches, take little to no pain medication, and have returned to work in as little as one week.

I can honestly say that this has completely changed the way I do bunion surgeries as I will never go back to the old way. My patients range from college students to 65-year-old retirees. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing my patients on their first postoperative visit walking, smiling, and telling me how they had very little pain and have been walking since day one. Contact us today to learn more!