Dr. Nelson Discusses When to Have Bunion Surgery

Dr. Nelson Discusses When to Have Bunion Surgery

bunionectomy
The most common surgical procedure I perform by far is a bunionectomy. The bunionectomy procedure itself can be very rewarding for patients and physicians like. Often times patients come in with a significant amount of foot pain and a history of multiple conservative modalities have been attempted all to no avail. These people are obviously good candidates for surgical correction. Additionally I see a lot of patients that are currently not in pain however have a hard time fitting shoe gear or have a large bunion a family history of bunion deformities.

Surgical intervention is often warranted for patients that have a family history of bunion deformities or have a hard time fitting in shoes. A few patients come in with a large bunion that doesn’t have pain. Initially it is important to evaluate the patient from a clinical standpoint and radiographic standpoint. Often times on the x-ray we’ll see the beginning of arthritis and correcting the bony can help reduce the chance of long-term arthritic changes. I recommend patients that have a bunion to release be evaluated. That way we can at least implement conservative measures. 
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