Minimally invasive bunion Surgery

Traditional (Open) Bunion Surgery

In traditional bunion surgery, the surgeon makes a larger incision on the side of the foot near the big toe joint. The bony bump is shaved or removed, and the misaligned bones, tendons, and ligaments are realigned and stabilized using screws, plates, or pins.

Recovery from traditional bunion surgery may take longer due to the larger incision and potential disruption of tissues. Weight-bearing may be limited for a period following surgery, and patients often require several weeks for full recovery and return to regular activities.

This approach allows for direct visualization and correction of the bunion deformity. Surgeons have a clear view of the structures, enabling precise realignment and correction of the affected bones and soft tissues.


Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery

Minimally invasive bunion surgery involves smaller incisions and specialized instruments to correct the bunion deformity. The surgeon uses fluoroscopy and tiny tools inserted through small openings to perform the procedure. This technique aims to realign the bones while preserving more soft tissue.

Minimally invasive techniques generally result in shorter recovery times compared to traditional surgery. Patients may experience less pain, swelling, and scarring. They may be able to bear weight sooner and resume normal activities more quickly.

Minimally invasive approaches often result in reduced trauma to the surrounding tissues, potentially leading to faster healing, less postoperative pain, and a quicker return to daily activities. However, these procedures may have a steeper learning curve for surgeons and might not be suitable for all types of bunions.

The choice between traditional and minimally invasive bunion surgery depends on various factors, including the severity of the bunion, the patient’s anatomy, the surgeon’s expertise, and the desired outcome.

If you have a bunion, book a consultation with one of our experienced podiatrists to determine the most suitable surgical approach based on your individual circumstances and preferences.