A bunion is a bony prominence located at the base of the big toe. This is generally accompanied by angulation or malalignment of the bones, which can lead to swelling, pain, blistering, redness, and difficulty with shoe wear. Although many bunions do not require surgery, sometimes surgery is necessary.
Minimally invasive bunion surgery can be used in cases of mild to moderate bunion deformities. The procedure employs only a small incision, a single bone cut, and a single pin to keep the realigned bone in place. The pin remains in place for just four weeks, after which it is removed easily and without pain. When appropriate, this approach benefits from a smaller resulting scar, temporary fixation, and faster healing.
This is performed as an outpatient procedure. Patients are seen in the office for routine postoperative care. The duration of healing is patient-specific and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.