Bunion surgery is medically known as bunionectomy
The thought of going for a surgery, however minor or less complicated it may sound is never the best news you would expect to hear from your doctor. Few people are able to overcome the fear of getting to a theater; instead anxiety and fear would prevail. The good news is that bunion treatment is not a painful procedure and can only be done by a single orthopedics surgeon. In many instances it done on out patient basis and only takes about an hour or less.
What is a bunion?
Basically this is a deformity with the big toe joint. It is characterized by lateral (towards other toes) deviation of the great toe due to deformity that results from the bones, muscles ligaments and tendons around the joint. The area around the joint may become tender and swollen hence resulting to pain. The pain may be very severe hence necessitating for quick health care from the right medical persons.
There are more than a hundred bunion defects based on the presentation. So far research is being conducted so as to come up with the best intervention when it comes to handling bunions. You should therefore get the best surgeon with experience in handling multiple cases and of the condition.
When would bunion removal surgery be a consideration to you?
Before anything else it is always wise to give other medication procedures before settling on surgery as an option. This is because there may be other complications related to invasion of the body tissue. These may range from infection during or after the operation, pain, damage of the nerves, over bleeding or impaired mobility there after.
It is therefore very wise that you would give it a dip thought with the help of a doctor before settling on the idea of anyone cutting through your flesh. Here are some of the reasons as to why you would settle for bunion removal surgery:
- 1. If you are experiencing pain when walking even for the shortest distances. This pain is not reduced by wearing low or athletic shoes.
- 2. Having persistent inflammation around the big toe region, this pain does not seem to improve with the rest of the medications.
- 3. When the large toe drifts laterally forwards the second toe.
- 4. Inability to straighten or bend your toe.
- 5. When it becomes difficult to wear closed shoes and there seems to be no improvement with any change.
How to handle bunion recovery after surgery
Pain relief is the greatest concern in this case. Proper health care and education should be given to the patients before letting them go back home. This would help them know what to do so as to manage the pain and keep away from any infections. Here are some few tips on what they should do:
- 1. They should have place cold ice around the region within the first 24 hours so as to avoid getting inflamed.
- 2. They should not wet the wound dressing especially when taking a shower. This can be complemented by having a polythene paper cover the region when handling water.
- 3. Incase of any complications be quick to go to get to a doctor.
- 4. Don’t exert pressure on the foot before sutures are removed; this would take about two weeks.
- 5. Have pain relievers to ease the pain from the bunion surgery.