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Bunions are progressive bone deformities of the foot that often cause recurring or chronic inflammation, irritation, and pain that require surgical correction. Surgical removal of bunions is called a bunionectomy. However, there are multiple types of bunion surgery, or bunionectomies, each designed to resolve different structural changes caused by the bunion deformity.
For bunion surgery information in the Alexandria, VA area, please call A. A. Podiatry P.L.L.C. at (703) 822-0895.
Most surgeries for bunions today are performed on an outpatient basis at a surgical center or hospital. Set aside the entire day for the bunion surgery, although you may only be at the facility for half a day.
The night before the bunion surgery, you will not be able to eat or drink anything after midnight. You should also wash your foot the night before and the morning of the procedure to help reduce surrounding bacteria and prevent infection during the surgical removal of bunions.
Bunion surgery is usually performed with a local anesthetic and is administered by an anesthesiologist. This may be combined with sedation medication to put you into "twilight" so that you are fully relaxed. After the surgery, patients are often given a long-acting anesthetic and pain medication, which is why someone else must drive the patient home.
The type of bunion procedure you have will determine the degree to which you can put weight on the foot immediately after the bunion surgery and bunion removal. Some podiatry patients, particularly those having base bunion procedures, may have to use crutches; others may be sent home wearing a surgical shoe. The foot will be covered in a dressing, which you will need to keep dry for up to two weeks or until the sutures are removed.
During the first week after bunion surgery, you will need to keep the foot elevated as much as possible. Ice packs also should be applied for the first three to four days to reduce swelling around the bunion affected bone location. Limited ambulation or walking is required over the first two weeks to promote healing. Most podiatry patients also are instructed on some basic exercises that need to be performed daily.
Sutures are generally removed about two weeks after the bunion removal surgery at A. A. Podiatry P.L.L.C.. Once the sutures are removed, you can bathe and shower normally, but will still need to wear a dressing over the wound to keep it clean and prevent infection.
By the third or fourth week post bunion surgery, swelling generally subsides enough for the patient to begin wearing a wide athletic shoe. It is important to continue daily exercises. If recommended, physical therapy may be initiated at this time. Once the wound has completely closed, you can use lotions to soften the skin in the surgical area.
By week five after bunion surgery, you will be able to walk short distances and do mild fitness activities. Continue following your podiatric surgeon's instructions for increasing exercise and activities until you are back to normal.
For more information on bunion surgery in the Alexandria, VA area call A. A. Podiatry P.L.L.C. at (703) 822-0895 today!