If you develop a bunion that only continues to get worse despite conservative treatment, your foot specialist may recommend a surgical procedure. Oftentimes they’ll suggest a minimally invasive corrective procedure because it offers a number of benefits over the traditional open procedure. Below, we take a closer look at why more patients are pursuing minimally invasive surgery when they need to have a bunion fixed.
Why Choose Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery
Across the board, minimally invasive operations are becoming more common because they tend to offer some unique benefits to the patient. Here’s a look at why minimally invasive surgery is becoming the norm for patients with bunions.
- Less Scarring – Because only a few tiny incisions are created in order to access the big toe joint and perform the correction, there is much less scarring compared to an open procedure, which involves one larger incision.
- Faster Healing – Similarly, because there is less trauma to the toe and smaller incision sites, many patients recover faster following a minimally invasive procedure.
- Earlier Walking – You will not need a cast or crutches after a minimally invasive procedure, meaning you’ll be able to bear weight through the foot sooner. Many patients are walking shortly after the correction is performed!
- Decreased Pain – A smaller incision and less trauma to the toe means that patients will typically experience less discomfort compared to the open operation. Not only will you be in less pain, but this can also reduce your dependence on post-op pain medications.
- Decreased Risk Of Structure Damage – The smaller incisions mean that your risk of damage to tissues around the big toe joint is reduced. This helps to lower your risk of post-op complications like joint stiffness or range of motion restrictions.
- Cosmetic Improvements – Some people do not care for the look of their toe after an open bunion correction as they will have a larger visible scar. With a minimally invasive procedure, oftentimes the tiny scar sites are barely visible to the naked eye.
- Decreased Infection Risk – Larger incisions also mean that there is a greater risk that bacteria enter the wound site and lead to an infection. Minimally invasive bunion correction means that you have a decreased likelihood of a post-op infection.
- Shorter Surgery – Minimally invasive surgery can also usually be completed sooner than the open operation.
As you can see, for the right patient, minimally invasive bunion correction can be just what you need to get back on your feet without bunion discomfort. To learn more about bunion correction, or to see if you may be a candidate for bunion surgery, reach out to Dr. McDonald today at (860) 244-8889.