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Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery Lets You Recover Quickly and Get Back to Work

SurgeryWhat is a bunion? A gradual dislocation of the great toe joint causing the movement of the great toe toward the second toe with a "bump on the bone" appearing on the inside of the foot.

Most people believe that shoes cause bunion. Shoes do not cause bunions, but may hasten their appearance at an earlier age. Approximately 90% of the bunion deformities are inherited. 

Normally, a bunion deformity is a progressive problem. The longer it exists, the more the great toe moves toward the second toe and the larger the bump becomes. In addition to being unattractive and painful, an untreated bunion can cause hammertoes, corns, callus, arthritis of the joint and chronic discomfort.

          

       MILD BUNION                   MODERATE BUNION               SEVERE BUNION

Comparison of minimally invasive surgery to traditional open bunion surgery

Innovative Minimally Invasive Surgery

  • Small incisions to keep natural stability and reduce the likelihood of a visible scar.
  • Minimal dissolving sutures are placed to provide stability.
  • Recovery is frequently quick and usually with minimal discomfort.
  • Technique avoids unnecessary damage to vital structures, such as nerves, tendons and vascular structures.

Traditional, Old-style Open Bunion Surgery

  • Large incisions open up foot, adding to recovery time and to the potential for an unsightly scar.
  • Leaves behind plates, screws, wires and other hardware.
  • Recovery can be prolonged and painful, greater risks.
  • Exposes many vital structures.

Correction of the bunion with minimally invasive surgery

                 

PRE-OPERATIVE BUNION                      POST-OPERATIVE BUNION

While someone is saying it can’t be done, someone else is doing it.

At California Foot & Ankle Institute, a technique called Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is used to correct bunions in an outpatient ambulatory surgical center. The procedures are done with a local anesthetic and light sedation. The doctor makes several small openings in the skin and utilizes an instrument called a fluoroscope to assist in performing the surgery. In this manner, pain is usually kept to a minimum, few stitches are required and the patient can walk out of the ambulatory surgical center after the procedure is completed. Our patents usually return to work within a few days and hospitalization is not necessary.

California Foot & Ankle Institute offers surgical as well as nonsurgical foot care services in the same convenient location, providing comprehensive podiatry services for every member of your family.

The philosophy at California Foot & Ankle Institute is that podiatric medicine should be available to the greatest number of people in order to keep the public walking pain-free. Being able to walk without pain and discomfort is widely accepted as being beneficial to everyone’s health. It is particularly beneficial to the cardiovascular system, thereby extending longevity.

By using the newest and latest technology, we ensure that our patients have the most comfortable and rapid recovery possible. As a result, many of our patients are able to return to work within a few days.

There comes a point for most people where living with bunion pain is simply too much. You can only put off treatment for so long until the unremitting pain begins to eat away at your daily life. But what are you supposed to do? You heard that the only way to get rid of a bunion completely is through surgery, and you definitely don't have the time to deal with that; staying off your feet for weeks just isn't an option.

Heredity may have predisposed you to developing a bunion, but modern medical technology can step in to reverse a foot deformity you couldn't necessarily avoid. A highly invasive, traditional bunionectomy is no longer your only option for relief. At California Foot & Ankle Institute, we offer minimally invasive surgery (MIS) for bunions, and we think you will be pleasantly surprised by how easy the surgery is and how quickly you will be able to get back to your daily routine.            

Ready to learn more about minimally invasive surgery for bunions at California Foot & Ankle Institute? Your first appointment with us is completely free, so call us today to schedule a screening in either Irvine or Victorville by calling 888-796-6631.

How Minimally Invasive Surgery for Bunions Works

California Foot & Ankle Institute has spent the last 40 years perfecting minimally invasive surgery to correct bunions, and patients who qualify for this type of surgery are always happy with their decision. Using fluoroscopy assistance, our doctors are able to operate on your bunions by making only very small incisions in your foot. Surgery is performed with a local anesthetic at an outpatient surgery center, and most patients experience no pain during the procedure.

Benefits of MIS for bunions include:

  • Small incisions keep natural stability and reduce the likelihood of a visible scar.
  • Minimal dissolving sutures are placed to provide stability.
  • Recovery is frequently quick and involves minimal discomfort.
  • The technique used avoids unnecessary damage to vital structures, such as nerves, tendons, and vascular structures.

Our bunion patients who undergo minimally invasive bunion surgery can usually walk out of the ambulatory surgical center in a post-operative shoe after the procedure is completed; they usually return to work within a few days and hospitalization is not necessary.

Contact Our Irvine and Victorville Offices About Minimally Invasive Surgery for Bunions

Your first appointment with us is completely free, so don't wait any longer to seek help for your painful bunions. We are open six days a week and have a staff of experienced doctors ready to meet with you. Call today to schedule your appointment at 888-796-6631.

Minimally invasive bunion surgery from California Foot and Ankle Institute