What Are Your Options for Bunion Surgery?
If bunion surgery is a possibility for your treatment, the team at Texas Foot and Ankle Center is more than ready to provide the guidance, support, and expertise you need. We have helped patients throughout the Dallas region find bunion relief through surgery, and are proud to provide surgical procedures you will not find at many other practices in our area.
There Are Choices to Make in Bunion Surgery
It is an easy misconception to hear “bunion surgery” and think of it as one procedure performed on every bunion patient.
The truth, however, is that bunion cases can vary widely depending on the shape of the deformity, its severity, and the patients’ individual needs. That means the type of surgical procedure used to address a bunion should vary as well.
How wide can this variance be? There are more than 100 different surgical techniques for addressing bunions!
Of course, the scope of viable bunion surgery options narrows greatly once we understand the specific circumstances and needs surrounding a case. In general, though, we always want to achieve several goals for our patients as best as each situation will allow:
- To be as minimally invasive in surgery as possible, limiting the incisions and trauma we must make as part of the surgery.
- To allow for as fast, safe, and uncomplicated a recovery as possible.
- To provide the results each patient needs, including relief of pain and restoration or maintenance of mobility.
We study and train in new techniques that open new pathways and improved options for our bunion patients. Our own Dr. Gary Heredia is one of a very small number of foot and ankle surgeons within the Dallas area fully trained in the newer, advanced, minimally invasive techniques we will be describing below.
Minimally Invasive Options for Bunion Surgery
Whenever surgery is performed, the act of making incisions or manipulating bones and tissues is a form of trauma in itself. It is a controlled form of trauma where the end result is meant to far outweigh the means, but it is trauma nonetheless.
Progress on surgical bunion correction continues to move forward in ways that lessen this overall trauma, helping patients find relief with faster and more comfortable post-surgical recovery periods. Such procedures may even make bunion surgery an option for patients who might have otherwise been out of consideration due to risks and other factors.
Three of the minimally invasive procedures we perform are:
Lapiplasty is a surgical means of achieving fuller correction of displaced bone without having to perform open surgery. Not only is the metatarsal shifted back into alignment, but it is also rotated into the proper position for greater stability and a lower chance of the bunion coming back in the future.
A small incision and a positioning tool are used to rotate a displaced metatarsal to the position it is needed before any cuts or other alterations to the bone are made. When fully adjusted, small plates are attached to the joint to provide further stability.
Lapiplasty can be a sound option that provides comprehensive results with faster recovery. Many patients can begin bearing weight on their foot again only a few days after surgery, and start wearing standard shoes again in 6-8 weeks.
Much like Lapiplasty, DynaBunion also focuses on correcting metatarsal displacement in terms of position and rotation.
An additional element of DynaBunion is the use of specialized compression to hold the bones together during and following the procedure. Specialized instrumentation and staple plates are used to achieve this compression.
DynaBunion can also aid in faster recovery and increased stability of the joint through the future, reducing the risk of the joint becoming displaced once more.
Novastep requires only a few tiny incisions, making it one of the least invasive surgical approaches we offer for bunions.
In this procedure, implants are placed within the foot to correct and stabilize the bunion. The implants stay within the bone, providing a much lower profile than standard screws or plates.
The incisions made are tiny, leading to much less scarring and stiffness than other, more open procedures. Weight-bearing upon the foot is allowed immediately after the procedure in recommended footwear, and a return to standard supportive shoes can typically be made in 4-6 weeks.
Providing the Best in Bunion Treatment for You
We aim to provide many excellent possibilities for surgical bunion correction that leave our patients more comfortable and able to get back to action sooner than other procedures. However, it is important to keep in mind that minimally invasive procedures may not be possible for every bunion case.
Before we make any recommendations for bunion treatment, we must ensure we have a full understanding of the deformity as well as your medical history and needs. Only after a thorough examination can we make recommendations for treatment.
No matter how long you have been experiencing bunion symptoms, Texas Foot and Ankle Center can help you find relief. Both surgical and non-surgical treatments may be viable for your needs, and we will be happy to guide you through all your options.
Call our Dallas office at (214) 660-0777 or fill out our online contact form.
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Dallas, TX 75218
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