Bunion surgery generally involves an incision in the top or side of the big toe joint and the removal or realignment of soft tissue and bone. This is done to relieve pain and restore normal alignment to the joint. Small wires, screws, or plates may be used to hold the bones in place.
A bunion is not just a growth of bone but a gradual dislocation of the big toe joint due to failure of supporting ligaments and tendons around the big toe joint, therefore most modern treatments are directed towards correcting the overall alignment of the joint rather that ‘bumpectomy’ as the older techniques were often labeled.
Techniques and advancement in screw and plate technology allows early weight-bearing and minimally invasive techniques allow the foot surgeons to perform the operation with minimal trauma and thus allowing quicker recovery and return to normal life after the operation.
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