Surgery is one of the more common treatment options for moderate to severe bunions because conservative care can’t really turn back the clock on your big toe joint. Not only that, but surgery is very effective at removing the bunion, stabilizing the big toe joint and decreasing pain and symptoms associated with the condition.
Like many surgeries, there are two basic ways a surgeon can go about performing the operation. There’s the traditional open approach, and there’s a laparoscopic or minimally invasive technique. The minimally invasive technique has become the industry standard and it’s the method routinely performed by Dr. Neufeld. Below, we explain the unique advantages of minimally invasive surgery and why it’s the technique we practice and preach.
Unique Benefits Of Laparoscopic Bunion Surgery
Here’s a look at five unique benefits of minimally invasive bunion correction surgery.
Less Damage To Soft Tissues - The open technique requires two larger incisions on the toe and cutting through soft tissues in order to access the bunion site. With the minimally invasive technique, the surgeon can maneuver around the soft tissues and there’s no cutting of the tissues that cross the big toe joint.
Less Scarring and Pain - Because smaller incisions are used, scarring is limited and may even become invisible to the naked eye. Smaller incisions and less trauma to the surgical site also leads to less post-op pain.
No General Anesthesia - You will not need to be put under when you choose Dr. Neufeld and the team at The Centers For Advanced Orthopaedics for your bunion surgery. We use a technique similar to what you might receive at the dentist for an operation. You’ll be relaxed but not out, and you will not feel any pain during the procedure.
No Crutches - By performing the bunion correction using minimally invasive techniques, patients can walk right away after surgery. Patients are driving a car and returning to work within a day or two, and most patients are back in their normal shoes within six weeks. You won’t need crutches or a foot cast to get around.
Same Results - If the traditional method was more effective than the minimally invasive technique, it may be preferred even though recovery takes longer and there is more post-op pain. However, success rates for both procedures are the same, and there’s actually fewer risks associated with the minimally invasive technique, so it has now become the standard treatment technique.
So if you are dealing with a bunion that is making wearing shoes painful, talk to Dr. Neufeld and the specialists at The Centers For Advanced Orthopaedics. With the help of minimally invasive surgery, we can have you back on your feet with less pain in no time. For more information, or to set up an appointment, call our office today at 703-214-9237 for our Falls Church location or 703-436-1638 for our Arlington location.