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Bunion Surgery - Austin Texas Podiatrist Bunionectomy
Dr. Michael Golf discusses surgical correction of a bunion by performing a bunionectomy.
Bunionectomies are designed to reduce the everyday pain caused by the bunion and are broken up into many categories. I will discuss the most common. The first category is a simple bunionectomy where the bony prominence is removed and some soft tissue releases are performed. The second type of bunionectomy, which is for a moderate deformity, requires a cut in the bone called an osteotomy. This is by far the most common type of bunionectomy performed. The third bunionectomy is performed for a severe deformity and involves 6 to 8 weeks non weight-bearing and 6 weeks in a boot. The fourth type of bunionectomy usually involves arthritis in the joint or such a severe deformity that the joint needs to be fused or replaced. Most patients with moderate bunion deformities need to the second example, the bunionectomy with osteotomy at the head of the metatarsal which requires some non weight-bearing for 3-5 days. This type of bunionectomy requires that you take one week off work and is 80% healed in 6 weeks. This bunionectomy is designed to last 20 to 30 years.
In general patients cannot exercise, run or jump, for 3-6 months. It takes approximately six months to completely heal from a bunionectomy. The foot remains swollen for about six months post-operatively, this is the most common problem after surgery. This procedure is done on an outpatient basis usually under local anesthesia with IV sedation, however patients may be given a general anesthetic if they desire, and takes about 45 minutes.
We do research studies that involve free bunionectomies. However you do need to take an experimental medication and stay at our clinic for 3-5 days. Ask about these studies if you are interested. In most cases patients receive compensation for their time.
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