Bunion Surgery: 5 Most Common Questions

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5 Most Common Questions About Bunion Surgery

Bunion surgery is typically a surgical procedure to correct a deformity near the big toe on your foot. This procedure is usually recommended when other treatment options fail to relieve the symptoms of a bunion.

Before undergoing this procedure, it helps to learn more as possible to ensure it’s the right treatment for you.

In this post, we’re are going to share some of the common questions about the surgery.

1. Do I Need the Surgery?

In most cases, if the bunion is not painful, then surgery is not necessary. Even though sometimes bunions increase in size, doctors don’t recommend surgery as the first treatment option.

Instead, wearing protective shoes is the ideal measure to slow the progression of a bunion’s size. Keep in mind that the surgery should not be performed for cosmetic reasons. Sometimes there can be an ongoing pain even when there’s no bunion.

2. What Kind of Preparation is Needed?

Before the bunion surgery, you may need to undergo several tests to check your overall health. Some tests may include a  cardiogram to check your heart’s function, X-rays to assess your lungs, and blood and urine tests to see if you have any underlying conditions.

If you’re taking medications, such as aspirin or other blood thinners, you’ll need to stop taking them a few days before surgery.

3. Are There Different Surgical Procedures for Bunions?

It’s helpful for your doctor to explain the different bunion surgery options you have. This helps in recommending the right procedure for you. Typically, there are three common surgery techniques:

Bone cutting

Podiatrists use this method to cut the deviated bones. It also changes the bone shape to ensure a correct position.

Bone fusion

In this procedure, the doctor joins the non-essential joints to realign the entire bone of the foot and remedy the deviation.

Bunion shaving

This is recommended for small bunions, and it involves removing excess bone from the inside of the bone. Ligament repair is also necessary here to ensure proper to alignment.

4. What Is the Expected Recovery Period?

Generally, it depends on your bunion size and the type of surgery selected for you. For most patients, this takes about six to eight weeks for the bones to mend after the procedure.

Most patients usually resume their normal routine and activities three months after the surgery.

It’s not recommended to drive until the surgery heals, especially if you’re using restrive devices such as casts and boots.

5. What Is the Cost?

The charge for bunion surgery depends on the size of your bunion and type of procedure. In general, you can expect a cost range of $3,000 to $5,000. Your doctor will provide more information on the cost during your initial visit.

Since the surgery is a medical procedure, most insurance plans usually cover it. However, if the purpose of the surgery is to improve the foot’s appearance, then this may not be covered. Your insurer and doctor will help you understand your options.

Bunion Surgery – The Bottom Line

The surgical approach for bunions varies depending on the severity of the condition. As a patient, you should only consider this treatment if taking anti-inflammatory medication, using toe splints, and wearing wider shoes fail to relieve your bunion.

Also, don’t wait too long as going without treatment can lead to other foot problems and deformities. If you have any questions, call our office or if you would like to request an appointment