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What's bunion removal surgery?

Surgery is not recommended for teenagers with bunions unless your child experiences sever foot pain that limits everyday activities and that pain won't subside with non-operative measures, such as shoe modification and the use of an orthotic. If conservative treatment is not successful, surgical removal of the bunion may be necessary to correct the deformity. This procedure is called a bunionectomy, and there are many variations on the operation, which is usually performed by a

surgeon who specializes in treating bone conditions (orthopedics) or by one who specializes in treating the foot (podiatry). Bunionectomy is usually performed by an orthopedic surgeon, who specializes in the treatment of injuries to or disorders of the bones, or a surgeon who specializes in the foot (podiatry). The surgeon will make an incision over the bunion and remove any bony growth. He or she may need to remove part of the bone of your big toe in order to straighten the toe. After the surgery, your foot will be wrapped tightly with bandages or placed in a short cast. While the foot is bandaged, you will need to wear a special shoe and may need to use crutches to walk. You will not be able to do anything that puts pressure or any stress on the foot until your doctor says it is okay to resume normal activities. Most bunionectomies can be performed on an outpatient basis.

Surgeons consider the angle of the bone misalignment, the condition of the bursa, and the strength of the bones when they choose which procedure to use. Most bunionectomies involve the removal of a section of bone and the insertion of pins to rejoin the bone. Sometimes the surgeons may move ligaments (which connect bone to bone in the joint) or tendons (which connect bone to muscle) in order to realign the bones. After this procedure, the bones and other tissues are held in place while they heal by compression dressings or a short cast. The individual must refrain from vigorous exercise for six weeks. Severe bunions on both feet require undergoing bunionectomy and recovery twice, or having both feet repaired at the same time, which results in 6 to 8 weeks of immobility. Most patients choose the former because it offers them a degree of mobility and selfsufficiency. After surgery and recovery, the patient is fitted with orthotics to maintain stable, properly aligned feet. Without this treatment, the underlying cause of the bunion continues to cause problems and the bunion can recur.

More information on bunion

What are bunions? - A bunion is the painful swelling of the fluid-filled sac, called the bursa, at the first joint of the big toe. Bunions are often caused by narrow-toed, high-heeled shoes.
What causes bunions? - Bunions are often caused by narrow-toed, high-heeled shoes. These compress the big toe and push it toward the second toe.
What're the symptoms of a bunion? - Symptoms of bunions include the common signs of inflammation such as redness, swelling, and pain. Other symptoms include swelling, soreness and redness around the big toe joint.
How are bunions diagnosed? - Bunions and hallux valgus are diagnosed by examination. An evaluation should be performed by a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon.
What's the treatment for bunions? - Treatment for bunions are based on the severity of the deformity and symptoms. Surgical removal of a bunion is usually done.
What's bunion removal surgery? - The goal of the bunion removal surgery is to correct the cause of the bunion and to prevent the bunion from growing back.
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