bunion surgery in issaquah

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Bunions are present in many different sizes and shapes.  I see bunions on the inside of the foot, the outside of the foot and both.  It is important to remember that some small ones can be painful, and some large ones can be pain free.  It often seems to be dependent upon activity levels and shoe gear.  If they hurt or limit your lifestyle then maybe it is time to fix them. 

Fixing your bunion

Bunion surgery has two main procedures that are done.  One is what is called a head procedure.  This is basically cutting the bone and realigning it through transposition of the bone.  Usually fixated with one or two screws.  The other involves fusion of a joint, specifically the joint that is involved with the creation of the bunion.  This procedure is called a Lapidus bunionectomy

Bunion recovery

Recovery really depends on the procedure that is performed.  Head procedures recover faster and usually involve no periods of non-weight bearing.  The fusions often involve a period of crutches or knee scooters.  This can be as short as 3 weeks or as long as 10 weeks.  The weight bearing status can be dictated by other procedures that are done as well. 

Which bunion surgery is right for me?

This is a hard question to answer.  I believe this is where your consultation with your surgeon is extremely important.  Other factors like lifestyle, recovery support, expectations and experience can play a major role.  I think it is important to get an entire overview of the process and have a discussion with your surgeon.   

If you would like a consultation for your bunion I can help.  Call to make an appointment with me at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online.

Sincerely,

Dr Brandon Nelson

American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons

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Most bunion surgeries require screws or plates (or a combination). It’s important during bunion surgery, in order to get full correction and realign the bones and joints, the bone is typically resected or effusions are done to realign the first metatarsal.  This requires hardware such as plates and screws. Once the hardware has done his job and the bone has healed and maintained the new corrected alignment and position, many of our patients elect to have hardware removed. The hardware can be medical grade stainless steel or titanium. These are the most common metal/metallic implants used. 

Sometimes the head of the screw causes minor irritation or part of the threads protrudes enough that there is irritation with some of the adjacent soft tissue. 

In other instances some patients seem to be sensitive to having a foreign body or a non-human item in the body. Some patients have minor skin manifestations although this isn’t common.  In general patients feel better once the hardware is out. 

If you are experiencing bunion pain, give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online today. 

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Dr. Timothy Young
, Board-certified Foot Surgeon and Bunion Specialist, Talks About How to Heal Your Bones Faster After Bunion Surgery
Bunion correction surgery often involves resetting the bone or an osteotomy for bunion realignment. For more significant bunions there is often a fusion of the first metatarsal cuneiforms joint called a Lapidus procedure or Lapiplasy. For these cases it’s important to address both the soft tissue healing including the incision healing along with the underlying bone healing.

Bone healing can be addressed with variety of different measures including proper immobilization with the cast or a boot to keep weight off the area where the bone is healing. Bone healing stimulation devices, supplements that enhance bone healing such as ortho pro bono can help. If you are experiencing foot or ankle pain, give us a call today at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online.

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People with a painful bunion often begin to contemplate bunion surgery. Bunion surgery is a great option for patients who are wish to relieve symptoms cause by bunions.

There are many different types of bunion surgeries. Bunion surgeries are based on the size of the bunion and the individual foot structure. The majority of bunion surgeries require and incision on the top of the big toe joint. The procedure then involves removing and realigning bone and soft tissue of the big toe joint. If any other foot issues are present, like a flatfoot, these should be fixed at the same time.

Scheduling an appointment to have your bunion evaluated is the first step. Dr. Nelson will discuss your x-rays and all of your options. He will present both conservative and surgical and help you determine what is best. Some common questions include:

-Surgery is done one foot at a time

-The majority of bunion surgeries are less than 2 hrs

-Patients are sedated during the procedure and this is done in the office

-Pain medication will be prescribed for when the nerve block wears off

-Walking without crutches is possible for most people

The recovery can vary from patient to patient. However, most people can bear weight after the procedure. It is important to follow all post-op instructions carefully. If you have a painful bunion and want to know what options are available and live in Issaquah, Sammamish, Snoqualmie, Bellevue, Seattle, Kirkland or Maple Valley give us a call so we can help.

Give us a call today at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online. 

Thursday, 28 May 2020 22:53

Dr. Timothy Young Talks About Bunion Anatomy

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Most bunion problems involve an alignment issue with the underlying bones. The first metatarsal and the great toe become out of typical alignment. The joint itself become subluxed and is then prone to arthritis and adaptive changes.

Bunions can develop an early age. This is called juvenile onset. This involves the first metatarsal shifting away from the adjacent second metatarsal and the foot becomes wider.  In some cases this involves a splayfoot. Also there is more risk of bunion formation when there is underlying metatarsus adductus.  This is a genetic inherited foot structure.  It is common to see other family members that have a bunion. Often times you can look to let say your mother or grandmother and find that they also have a bunion, because of this genetic pattern.

Tight shoes can speed the process up and make things worse!  However, in general, you are born with a foot type that is prone to a bunion. 

If you have concerns about a bunion, give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online! 

Dr. Timothy Young and Dr. Brandon Nelson.



Bunion surgery in the past was only performed in a hospital setting and patients often stayed the night at the hospital. Things have really changed and now patients do not stay the night in a hospital and most bunions are performed in a surgery center. The average bunion surgery takes less than 2 hours and patients will only require IV sedation as opposed to general sedation. This type of sedation makes for a much quicker recovery from anesthesia and often less side effects. I like to provide all my patients with a nerve block so they will get a good night's sleep the evening of surgery.  The majority of patients will be pain free the first night. 

The next day most patients will have pain that is well controlled with pain medication. Often patients will just take prescription pain medication for the first 24-48 hours and then switch to over the counter pain control.  We utilize advanced techniques that allow all our bunion patients to walk after surgery thereby minimizing down time and speeding recovery.  We have protocols to help get your ankle and toes moving right after surgery to decrease stiffness and swelling. Additionally, we will provide patients with exercise guidelines to help them stay fit and active during the recovery phase. One of the best aspects of our practice is we perform bunion surgery every single Monday and have fixed 1000’s of bunions.  Another enormous advantage of our clinic is an onsite surgery suite that will save patients thousands of dollars on the surgery as we have special discounted pricing compared to other doctors that must take you to a hospital or surgery center. Do not let your bunion keep your from wearing a normal shoe or enjoying the activities you love give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online so we can help.

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What to expect after bunion surgery with your cast.
 
Bunion surgery typically involves realigning the first metatarsal. This may involve a Lapidus or Lapiplasty, which is in arthrodesis or fusion of the first metatarsal-cunieform joint. Bunion surgery may involve an osteotomy such as an Austin bunionectomy. This involves a bone cut in the head of the first metatarsal which is then realigned and re-positioned. After the arthrodesis or osteotomy it is important for the bone to heal properly. This requires several different factors. One factor is your casting or cast boot to protect that part of your foot as the bone is healing. It is best to put weight on other parts of the foot so that the stress load in the first metatarsal is reduced so that the bone can heal. 
 
With an Austin bunionectomy this can be accomplished with the cast boot or sometimes a surgical shoe. reliant junk removal
 
With the Lapidus or Lapiplasty we put you in a special cast that has a walking heel. This typically goes on between three and eight days after surgery. This allows you to put weight on your heel while protecting the front of the foot so that you can get around. The cast or cast bood should be continued until there is adequate bone healing. Typical bone healing can take between six and 10 weeks depending upon your status. People who smoke will always take longer to heal and may require additional considerations. Quitting smoking is always the ideal scenario.
 
Remember that after bunion surgery we want to maximize your soft tissue and bone healing to get you back to your normal activities as soon as possible.

If you have questions about bunion surgery we would be happy to see you at Issaquah Foot and Ankle Specialists. Either myself Dr. Timothy Young, or my partner Dr. Brandon Nelson.
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 23:11

Bunion Surgery in Seattle

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Dr. Timothy Young explains bunion surgery.
 
Bunions are a common problem for both women and men. We even see this problem with our teenage patients. Bunions are primarily a structural problem in the foot involving the great toe and the first metatarsal.  If you're having bunion problems and pain then bunion surgery may be something that becomes necessary for you. Here is a overview of bunion surgery.

What causes bunions?

Bunions are painful enlargements and prominence of the first metatarsal head and the great toe joint. They are caused by alignment issues with the first metatarsal and related structures. This is often a foot structure that is inherited. Therefore often times our patients will relay that their mother or father or grandparents had bunions but that is not always the case. Wearing tight shoes can certainly aggravate bunions and make the symptoms become progressively more of a problem. Tight and pointed shoes are often culprits. The bunion can have redness pain and swelling around the joint and there can be joint pain also. There are often adaptive changes and arthritic changes of the joint.
 
Contact Dr. Timothy Young and Dr. Brandon Nelson to learn more about bunion surgery and bunion treatment options in the Seattle area. Our practice is Issaquah Foot and Ankle Specialists. Give us a call at 425-391-8666 or make an appointment online today.
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