Bunions are one of the most common foot issues that are addressed with surgery, because once the big toe joint reaches a certain point of misalignment, it’s nearly impossible to get the joint to realign without an operation. Because surgery is such a common treatment option for bunions, medical experts are always looking for new ways to improve on current best practices. One such improvement to standard bunion surgery is the advent of 3D bunion correction. 3D bunion surgery is something we offer at our clinic, and it offers a number of benefits over standard bunion correction. In today’s blog, we take a look at some of the unique advantages of 3D bunion correction.
Why Choose 3D Bunion Surgery?
While all types of bunion surgery have high success rates, there are some special benefits to going with the 3D corrective procedure. Here’s a closer look at why 3D bunion surgery is optimal and how the operation is performed.
Most Bunions Are Misaligned In Three Dimensions
The majority of bunions aren’t just causing problems on a horizontal plane. 87 percent of bunions that will need to be addressed surgically are horizontally, vertically and rotationally misaligned, meaning that for best results, all three dimensions must be addressed, and you can do that with 3D bunion correction.
Less Likely To Come Back
Did you know that a bunion is 12 times more likely to return if all three dimensions are not addressed during surgery? While recurrence rates are pretty low for bunions, you’re much less likely to deal with a recurrent bunion if you undergo 3D bunion surgery.
Higher Satisfaction Rates
Statistics suggest that upwards of 1 in 3 patients are dissatisfied with the long-term results of their traditional bunion surgery. Satisfaction rates for those who undergo 3D bunion correction are much higher.
Unlike traditional bunion surgery, patients are able to bear weight within days, not weeks, if they pursue 3D bunion correction. Moreover, patients are walking 6-8 weeks earlier than if they went with a traditional bunion operation.
Return To Full Activities
Most patients are able to return to most physical activities after complete healing has taken place, which is typically around four months post-op.
Because of the tools used to complete the procedure, some of the “eyeballing” that can occur as a doctor typically addresses a bunion is eliminated. This procedure utilizes precision and patented instrumentation to produce reliable results again and again.
Finally, the 3D bunion correction procedure can typically be performed in under an hour, and the patient will usually be discharged the same day, which also helps to reduce patient costs for an extended stay at a surgical facility.