Indications To Get Bunion Surgery

Are you suffering continuously from bunion pain? Is your bunion causing you so much pain that it is preventing you from doing normal activities, affecting the quality of your life? Have you done every conservative treatment for bunion pain to no avail? Then bunion surgery is your best solution for bunion pain.

Bunion surgery is a procedure that corrects the deformed area of the foot. The goal of the operation is to align the bone and joints to its normal anatomical position, eliminating pain and at the same time the procedure adds an aesthetic advantage since it makes the foot look normal.

Types of Bunion surgery

Traditional bunion surgery involves making a large incision, about 5 to 6 inches long. Then some of the bone from the first metatarsal joint is removed to reduce the bulb. Then the big toe is realigned. Recovery time is about 6 months. During recovery, the foot can be very tender and swelling is normal since some bone is removed. Also, a large scar is expected due to the large incision.

Minimally invasive bunion surgery or no scar bunion surgery is a new surgical technique that requires very little manipulation; hence, pain and swelling is very minimal. First, a 5mm incision is done around the neck of the first metatarsal bone.  Then a cutting tool is used to cut across the metatarsal bone, freeing the joint. Next, with the use of live X-ray, the joint and big toe are aligned and pinned accordingly.  Recovery time is about 8 weeks. Since no bone is removed and involves very little manipulation, pain and swelling is minimal.

After surgery and long-term expectation

Bunion surgery is the golden standard in eliminating bunion pain and about 90% of patients experience full recovery after the procedure, without complications. Risks involved in bunion surgery are nerve damage, numbness, infection and recurring pain after surgery.

Dr. Kevin Lam, a Double Certified foot and ankle surgeon in Naples, Florida has developed the Lam modification bunion surgery which utilizes a very small incision and virtually painless scarless bunion surgery. For more information, call (239) 430-3668 (FOOT) or visit


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