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Why You Should Schedule Bunion Removal Surgery

With bunion removal surgery, there are over 100 types of surgeries that can remove a bunion. There is no concrete research to prove which type of surgery is the best if a surgical procedure is necessary to remove a bunion. However, we recommend that the patient gives us a call so that we can examine the foot and determine which surgical procedure is the best option. Bunion surgery usually involves an incision in the side or top of the big toe joint.

Once we make the incision, there will be a realignment of the bone and soft tissue. In other cases, we may need to remove some of the bone and soft tissues. We will do this in order to relieve the pain, as well as to restore the normal alignment to the joint. Sometimes small wires, pins and even screws can hold the toe bone in place.


A few things to know about bunion removal surgery are:

We complete most surgeries for bunion removal on an outpatient basis. The patient will not have to check into the hospital and will be able to go home as soon as the patient is able to safely leave. It is common to use a local or regional anesthetic that only affects the foot in a bunion removal procedure.

Sometimes, the doctor may also recommend and prescribe a sedative to use during the procedure. We may use a sedative to help calm the patient down and keep the patient slightly drowsy. Most surgical procedures to remove a bunion typically take about an hour. The type of surgery can cause the procedure to take longer. However, this is not a long procedure and the patient will not have to be at the doctor’s office for very long either.


There are any number of reasons why a patient, along with the doctor, decide that it is necessary for surgery to remove a bunion. The first and most common reason is when a patient is having difficulty walking around or completing normal activities. When the pain and discomfort reach this level, it is highly recommended that the patient has the surgery in order to make the quality of life better.

The second reason people seek a bunion removal surgery is when non-surgical treatment is unable to relieve the bunion pain and discomfort. There is no reason why a person has to live with pain in this day and age. Removing a bunion is one of the simplest ways to alleviate that problem.

While some people prefer to wait and explore all options before surgically removing a bunion, others are more content to simply remove as soon as the pain gets uncomfortable. We can help prevent patients experience ongoing pain and discomfort.


If you have a bunion that is giving trouble, need to consider surgical remedies for a bunion, or simply want to understand what your options are, with regard to bunion removal, give us a call and schedule a consultation.

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