If you have a painful bunion and have been considering treatment options, surgery may be required. Although many patients do well without surgery, there are instances where it is required to achieve relief of pain and symptoms. Our podiatric surgeons at Alpine Foot Specialists have undergone focused training in all modern surgical treatment plans including minimally invasive bunion surgery.
Minimally invasive bunion surgery and open bunion surgery are two different approaches to treating bunions, a common foot condition where the joint at the base of the big toe becomes misaligned and painful. Each approach has its own set of benefits and considerations, and the choice between them depends on the specific needs and preferences of the patient.
Here are some of the benefits of minimally invasive bunion surgery compared to open surgery:
Smaller incisions: Minimally invasive surgery involves making smaller incisions, typically around 3-5mm in size, compared to the larger incisions used in open surgery. This results in less scarring and reduced risk of infection.
Faster recovery: Patients undergoing minimally invasive bunion surgery often experience a quicker recovery and return to normal activities. This is because the smaller incisions cause less tissue damage, resulting in reduced pain and swelling.
Reduced post-operative pain: Smaller incisions and less tissue disruption generally lead to less post-operative pain and discomfort, reducing the need for strong pain medications.
Lower risk of complications: Minimally invasive techniques are associated with a lower risk of complications such as infection, wound healing issues, and nerve damage, compared to open surgery.
Cosmetic benefits: The smaller incisions used in minimally invasive surgery are often more aesthetically pleasing, as they result in less noticeable scarring.
However, it’s important to note that minimally invasive bunion surgery may not be suitable for all
patients. The severity of the bunion and the anatomy of the foot play a role in determining the most appropriate approach. In some cases, open surgery may still be necessary for more complex or severe bunions. If you are interested in discussing whether minimally invasive surgery is appropriate for you please make an appointment to discuss the available options and help you make an informed decision about the best approach to address your bunion.
For more questions, call Alpine Foot Specialists at (847)-540-9949 to schedule a consultation to discuss a patient specific treatment plan for your bunion.