Bunions are one of the leading causes of foot surgery due to the fact that once a bunion has developed, there’s really nothing you can do to manually shift the big toe joint back into its proper position. You can certainly pursue conservative treatment programs that help to mitigate symptoms and slow the continued progression of the bunion, but these treatments won’t fully resolve your issue. The only way to reset the bunion into a correct and stable position is through surgery. In today’s blog, we want to debunk some of the common myths we’ve heard about the bunion correction procedure.
Debunking Bunion Surgery Myths
Dr. McDonald has conducted countless bunion surgery consults and performed the corrective procedure many times, and he wants to set the record straight on some of the misconceptions he’s heard about the procedure:
- Surgery Is Painful – Dr. McDonald and his team use minimally invasive techniques to correct your joint displacement, so trauma to the skin and soft tissues is minimized. Anesthesia is also used during the operation, so you won’t feel a thing while the tiny incisions are made and the joint correction is being performed. You will have some minimal discomfort as the anesthesia wears off and you progress through your recovery phase, but many people say that this discomfort pales in comparison to the pain their bunion was causing!
- You’ll Have Unsightly Foot Scars – As we alluded to in the above point, we correct this issue using minimally invasive techniques, meaning your incision sites are measured in centimeters, not inches. Most patients can barely notice surgical scars once healing has taken place, so don’t shy away from surgery because you’re worried how your feet will look at the operation. They will look much more appealing when the bony protrusion on the side of your foot has been resolved compared to any minor scarring you may develop.
- It’s A Permanent Solution – For many people, bunion correction surgery is a permanent solution, but we don’t want patients to assume that they can fall back into bad habits simply because their joint was surgically addressed. You’ll still want to ensure you are wearing appropriate footwear and consider custom orthotics to take pressure off your toe box so that your joint doesn’t start to shift again. You still need to care for your big toe joint even after the corrective procedure to prevent a bunion from returning.
- Recovery Takes Forever – Advancements in bunion surgery have made it so you don’t have to wait weeks to put pressure on your feet again after surgery. Many patients who pursue minimally invasive lapiplasty are bearing weight days or a couple weeks after their operation. Depending on your job, you may be able to return to work after two weeks, and a return to full physical activity can occur in as little as four months.
- It’s Not Worth All The Effort – Finally, you may assume that it’s simply not worth the effort to undergo an operation and have to rehab for a few months just to correct some mild to moderate discomfort in your feet. We understand that it’s not ideal, but remember that a bunion won’t go away on its own, and symptoms only tend to get worse. We’re not saying you always need to undergo surgery, but gritting your teeth and dealing with daily foot pain is no way to go through life. The vast majority of patients say that their surgery was worth it when all is said and done.
We’d love to add your name to our list of satisfied patients. For more information about treating bunions or the corrective procedure, reach out to Dr. McDonald and his team today at (860) 244-8889.