Bunion Surgery

Question #1: What causes a bunion?

Bunions are a primarily hereditary condition. The associated pain, swelling and misalignment of the toe, worsen with standing, walking or running. As the bunion deformity increases in severity, it can cause many other associated foot problems, such as hammertoes, painful calluses on the bottom of the foot and arch pain. The bunion occurs due to a hereditary mechanical instability in the foot. This instability results in a misalignment of the bones with the big toe tilting toward the second toe. As the big toe continues to shift, we begin to notice a large bump, the metatarsal, behind and on the inside of the big toe.

“I had a bunion on my left foot for several years. I debated having bunion surgery in Vancouver for some time, but recently had it done. I am happy to report that I made the correct decision. Prior to the surgery, Dr. Mathews was very thorough in letting me know exactly what to expect. He was both clear and informative. Although I was a bit nervous beforehand, upon entering the surgery, Dr Mathew’s professional yet friendly manner put me right at ease. The bunion surgery was quick and I am now three months post-op. My foot looks and feels great. I could not be more thrilled with the process as well as the results. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr. Mathews at Vancouver Podiatry to anyone considering bunion surgery.” J.K.  

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Question #2: What is Tri-Correctional Bunion Surgery and why is it our recommended technique for removing bunions?

Tri-Correctional Bunion Surgery is an advanced technique using surgical engineering to realign the bone for proper function, and a surgical screw for the most stable fixation. This technique is typically performed under local anesthetic and allows for permanent correction, minimal pain and a quick recovery from surgery. At Vancouver Podiatry, we have successfully performed over 500 Tri-Correctional Bunion Surgeries and believe that this procedure is the most effective available to ensure proper foot function and reduce the chances of bunion recurrence.

Traditional Bunion Surgery

  1. Often requires general anesthesia
  2. Many times involves a full leg cast (or steel rods which protrude from the toe for severe bunions)
  3. Requires that the patient limit their physical activity to minimal walking for as much as four months
  4. Requires that the patient not wear shoes for a prolonged period following the procedure

Tri-Correctional Bunion Surgery

  1. Is performed under a local anesthesia on an outpatient basis
  2. Involves a surgical screw which lies beneath the skin
  3. Allows most patients to walk immediately after surgery without crutches
  4. Usually allows the patient to return to shoes within two to three weeks

Bunion Surgery Podiatrist Vancouver

Bunion Surgery Podiatrist Vancouver

Question #3: When should I have bunion surgery?

From our over 20 years of combined experience, we know that contrary to public opinion, bunions are not exclusively an old person’s ailment, and that the earlier they are properly treated, the quicker the recovery and the less chance that the bunion will recur. If you have one or more of the following symptoms, we strongly recommend that you have your feet evaluated by a podiatrist:

  1. Pain from the bunion, either on the bump or in the joint
  2. Painful calluses on the inside of the big toe or on the bottom of your feet
  3. Pressure from the big toe pushing on the second toe
  4. Any discomfort from wearing shoes

Question #4: Do bunions ever recur after surgery?

No surgeon can guarantee perfect results. Unfortunately, if the wrong procedure is performed, the recurrence rate can be very high. Many of the new micro-surgical and laser techniques have a high rate of bunion recurrence because they generally do not properly realign the bones. The use of lasers to treat bunions has severe limitations in that lasers only cut through soft tissue and not through bone. As such, laser surgery cannot properly realign the bone, which is critical to the long-term success of bunion surgery.

Tri-Correctional Bunion Surgery – A Better Bunion Surgery: The outcomes speak for themselves

In the past, bunion sufferers were subjected to an array of surgical procedures with mixed results. Pain, long-term disability, hospitalization and casting were the standards of care. Now, Vancouver Podiatry offers an alternative. We have pioneered a procedure, which approaches bunion surgery in a whole new way. The Tri-Correctional Bunion Surgery bioengineering technique effectively realigns the bones and securely maintains the correction. As a result we have seen very impressive outcomes:

  1. Is performed under a local anesthesia on an outpatient basis
  2. Involves a surgical screw which lies beneath the skin
  3. Allows most patients to walk immediately after surgery without crutches
  4. Usually allows the patient to return to shoes within two to three weeks

The outcomes speak for themselves

1. Most of our patients experienced minimum discomfort.
This new bioengineering procedure is done on an outpatient basis. Traditionally, bunionectomies were done in hospitals and the patients stayed overnight, usually due to post-operative pain and the inability to walk. Nearly 80% of our patients stated that their discomfort was markedly less than they had anticipated, and required minimal medications for pain. Additionally, the surgical engineering approach stabilized the bone allowing our patients to walk the same day as their surgery.

2.The majority of our patients were in shoes in two to three weeks.
With traditional bunion surgery, return to shoes is often delayed by as much as a month by pain, swelling, and the inability to walk due to pins, which stick out of the foot, or instability of the bone. In the Tri-Correctional procedure, the use of a surgical screw which is beneath the skin and is much more stable than pins, significantly reduces pain and swelling. Securing of the bone realignment usually allows for immediate weight bearing and ambulation (walking), without the need for full leg casting. Patients are generally ready to begin wearing shoes in two to three weeks. To ensure the best possible results, patients undergo a program of rigorous rehabilitation to assist the healing process and increase the flexibility of the corrected joint.

With Tri-Correctional Bunion Surgery at Vancouver Podiatry, bunion correction has never before been such a comfortable and manageable procedure.