NO Incision, NO Crutches, FASTER Recovery

What's a Bunion?

  • A bunion is caused by gradual dislocation of the great toe joint resulting in a painful, enlarged bump along the side of the foot.
  • Symptoms are varied and can range from swelling of the affected joint to redness, numbness, and callusing of the affected toe.
  • Over time this deformity can worsen, resulting in arthritis or ‘wear and tear’ of the great toe joint. In severe cases, the adjacent toes may become contracted and displaced.

The Old Way to Fix a Bunion

  • Treatment of a bunion involves surgical alignment of the deformity – much like realigning your vehicle’s tires to prevent damage to its frame.
  • Traditionally this has been completed with an open incisional approach involving cumbersome plates, extensive postoperative inflammation, and prolonged surgical recovery of 6-8 weeks on crutches.

The Minimally Invasive Approach

  • This philosophy balances both recovery and cosmetics in correcting a painful bunion deformity.
  • 3 to 4 small stitches are placed along 1cm ‘portals’ where minimally invasive instruments are used to shift the bunion back into normal alignment.
  • This alignment is secured with 2 to 3 screws that are buried within the bone – avoiding prominent or palpable hardware.
  • As a result, this technique significantly reduces post operative swelling, pain, and stiffness when compared to an open incision approach.
  • Patients are able to walk the day of surgery in a protective boot – this eliminates the need for crutches.
  • Scarring is reduced by 75% compared to a traditional “open” approach.
  • Patients, on average, return to normal shoes within 3 weeks of the procedure.

Post-Op X-Ray

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