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Bunion Surgery Preparation

Bunion surgery, or bunionectomy, is a treatment for severe cases of bunions, or hallux valgus, a foot disorder where a bony bump forms on the outside of your big toe, often due to ill-fitting shoes, arthritis, or improper stride.  Some feet also form to be more prone to bunions.

Oftentimes, wearing modified “wide-toe” shoes, avoiding heels, and protective cushions is enough to help with bunion pain and complications.  However, for those who still experience discomfort after such non-invasive methods, surgery is usually the only answer.

As the primary bunion surgery center in Metro-Detroit, here are our tips on deciding for bunion surgery, and tips for bunion surgery preparation as you try to rid yourself of this pesky bump once and for all:

  • Although bunion surgery is very common and safe, surgery always carries inherent risks.  Only choose bunion surgery if the pain or discomfort is to the point where you can no longer enjoy everyday activities, can’t walk even nominal distances without pain, or when you no longer have flexion in your big toe.
  • Get a quality podiatrist in Michigan such as Dr. Lawrence Young to X-ray and properly diagnose your specific bunion formation – there are over 100 different types of surgery procedures for bunions depending on the severity and method of formation.  A quality surgeon will determine the best course of action for your unique problem.  Some common procedures include:
    • Exostectomy – bunion removal without need for alignment
    • Osteotomy – the big toe joint is cut and realigned
    • Arthrodesis – the damaged joint is replaced with corrective screws or metal plates
  • Prior to surgery, some standard medical tests will be necessary to determine overall health, such as lung x-rays, cardiogram, and testing for related illnesses and medications that may negatively interact with the surgery.
  • General anesthetic is not always necessary with bunion surgery – sometimes a local anesthetic called an “ankle block” is used. Your doctor will inform you of any fasting or dietary preparations that need to be made prior to surgery.

Bunion removal surgery is an outpatient procedure with a very high success rate at 90%, and patients typically fully recover afterwards.    Be sure to follow all of your surgeon’s specific guidelines to maximize chances for a full recovery in the fastest time.  If you’re a Sterling Heights or Dearborn bunion patient, please contact Dr. Lawrence Young for the best bunion treatment in Southeastern Michigan.

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