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Posts for category: Bunion Surgery

By Active Podiatry
February 18, 2016
Category: Bunion Surgery
Tags: bunions  

If you're dealing with painful bunions, and conservative treatment methods like specialized footwear or pads fail to bring you relief, you bunionsmay be a candidate for bunion surgery. Also called a bunionectomy, your Indianapolis foot doctor Dr. Yong Chae at Active Podiatry, performs this surgery to relieve people of pain and correct the abnormal bone growth that bunions cause. Learn more about bunion surgery here.

What are bunions?

Many people think that bunions are an extra growth of tissue that forms on the outside of the big toe. They are actually an enlargement of the bones in the first joint of the big toe, but can become so large or deformed that they appear to be an excess formation. They are typically caused by wearing ill-fitting footwear, including high heels, or genetic predisposition. Your Indianapolis podiatry office also sees patients with bunions that are caused by arthritis.

What is bunion surgery?

The type of surgery that your Indianapolis podiatrist performs on your bunion will depend on its severity and location. Removal may involve reduction of the bone and a repositioning of the tissues that surround it, or it could involve replacement of the entire toe joint with an artificial joint. Many bunions surgeries are performed under local anesthesia, in which your foot is numbed to the ankle but you remain awake. More in-depth surgery may necessitate general anesthesia, in which you will be asleep during the procedure.

Why would I need bunion surgery?

Podiatrists like Dr. Yong Chae in Indianapolis typically try nonsurgical treatments of bunions first. This can include changing your preferred style of footwear, applying pads or cushions to the bunions or wearing custom orthotic inserts in your shoes. However, if bunion pain persists, a bunion may be too advanced to respond to conservative treatment and surgery may be necessary to remove them entirely.

It is important to remember that surgery is not necessary for everyone with bunions, even those that have been present for a long time. If you have a bunion that needs treatment, contact Active Podiatry in Indianapolis, IN to set up an appointment with Dr. Yong Chae. We'd be happy to help you get back on your feet!

By Dr. Yong S. Chae
October 14, 2014
Category: Bunion Surgery
Bunions are a common annoyance to Indianapolis area patients. They can make walking and daily activities painful, and can keep you from doing the things you love. If you suffer from bunions, Active Podiatry would like you to consider bunion surgery to get the relief that you need.
 

What to Expect From A Bunion Surgerypodiatrist examining a bunion

 
Bunion surgery, or a bunionectomy, generally involves an incision in the top or side of the big toe joint. The soft tissue and bone will usually be removed or realigned. Small wires, screws, or plates may be used to hold the bones in place. Bunion surgery has many options that fit a specific need of a patient. They include:
  1. Head procedures: This treatment includes the big toe joint. The bone is cut just behind the joint, moved into its proper position, and fixed in place with a screw or pin. Head procedures are typically used for patients who cannot be immobilized for long periods of time.
  2. Base procedures: This surgery is used on the bone or behind the big toe joint.

The different types of base procedures include:

  • Cutting a wedge out of the bone and splitting it so that it can be moved into proper position
  • Making a semi-circular cut and rotating the bone into its correct position
  • Fusing the joint
Our patients can expect an anesthetic to be used during the procedure that only affects the foot. A sedative may also be used. The bunion removal usually takes an hour or more, depending on the type of surgery. Bunionectomies are usually done as an outpatient surgery.
 
After surgery, recovery periods can last anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months, differing on how much soft tissue or bone was affected. Complete healing can take up to one year.
 

Some Things to Consider

  • Choose a surgeon with extensive bunion removal experience. Our podiatrists are trained and experienced to give you the best care possible.
  • Be realistic in your expectation about what a bunionectomy can accomplish. The bottom line is that a bunion can recur or you may not be 100% pain free. You may never be able to wear normal or trim shoes again. Besides these facts, bunion surgery can help make your day more enjoyable.
  • Bunion surgery can take a while to show its full effects. Long healing and recovery times, as well as possible therapy can be part of it.
If you have tried everything else to cure your bunions and are curious about bunion surgery, learn more by visiting our podiatry office. Call us or schedule an appointment today.