A bunionectomy procedure is performed to excise or removes the bunions, which is nothing but a localized painful swelling at the base of the big toe. The joint is enlarged due to new bone formation causing misalignment of the toe. The bunion is from either due to bursitis or the inflammation caused by degenerative joint disease.

Bunionectomy is recommended in the following conditions:

  • Intense pain and stiffness
  • Foot deformity and difficulty in walking and performing routine activities
  • Conservative treatment has failed to relieve the pain and other problem

The reasons for the development of bunions include:

  • Hereditary
  • Congenital deformities
  • Arthritis
  • Nerve or muscle disorders in the foot

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Preoperative Preparation

  • X-rays for proper diagnosis
  • Consult with the surgeon week prior and get the correct medicinal prescriptions.
  • Inform the surgeon about smoking and alcohol habits.
  • Plan for leave from work and domestic help at home during the rehabilitation period.
  • Don’t consume anything after midnight before surgery

Post operative care

  • One must follow the aftercare instructions given by the surgeon for the best results.
  • In most cases, patients are discharged from the hospital as the anesthesia wears off.