Bunion Surgery FAQs

graphic of what a bunion looks like under the skin

Patients of Dr. Steber who are experiencing medical concerns involving bunions, and who are considering Bunion surgery, often have questions. This helpful guide was put together to help ease their concerns and help them prepare for their upcoming treatment. If you finish reading this guide and determine that you have additional questions, reach out to our offices, and our helpful staff will be happy to provide you with more information.

What Are Bunions?

This condition is the result of a deformity in the foot’s mechanical structure. They begin at the big toe’s base in the form of bony structures. Bunions are no respecter of age, affecting 26% of all patients younger than 65 and 36% of all patients over this age. While many patients experience no complications with bunions, for others, discomfort or serious pain can accompany them. Before surgery is considered, more conservative measures will be taken to address the condition. Only when these have been tried and failed will surgery be considered.

What Is Included In Bunion Surgery?

The procedure will begin with the patient being anesthetized and sedated. A series of incisions will be made around the site of the surgery, allowing the doctor access to the bone to modify it and realign it with the foot. After realignment, the bunion will be secured in place with titanium screws and supports. Patients are able to go home on the day of the operation.

How Long Does It Take To Recover From Bunion Surgery?

Bunion surgery recovery is a lengthy process, starting with a six week period during which the patient must essentially remain stationary. All high-impact activities must be avoided, and no more than minimal weight should be put on the treated foot. Over the following months, you will be granted increasing levels of acceptable activity by your podiatrist. Working, driving, and even bathing can be seriously impacted in the period following treatment. Having someone on hand who can assist you during your recovery, and speaking frankly with your employer about needed accommodations are critical steps.

Will Recovery Hurt?

Some discomfort is normal following surgery, but you will receive necessary pain control medications to see you through this period. Your podiatrist can suggest additional steps you can take to help ease and avoid discomfort while you heal. With proper care, patience, and adhering to the protocols your podiatrist assigns you, you’ll be able to make it through recovery without relapse or experiencing undue discomfort.

Bunion surgery can do a lot to restore freedom and quality of life to patients suffering from painful bunions. Dr. Steber helps patients recover from bunion surgery from his office at 265 Pine Cove Ct in Lehighton, PA. If you’re suffering from bunions that are impacting your quality of life due to pain and difficulty walking, call us today at 570-657-685 for an appointment. During your visit Dr. Steber will assess your case and provide you with treatment options appropriate to your case. Don’t let painful bunions keep you down; call today to start taking back your life!

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