A BUNION is a prominence at the great toe joint. Bunion surgery, also called bunionectomy is performed to treat deformed bone of the great toe joint.

THE PROCEDURE: The surgeon may repair the bunion by:

  • Shaving off the bump on the toe joint.
  • Cutting parts of the bones on each side of the toe joint, then putting them in their proper position.
  • Removing the damaged part of the joint.
  • Making certain tendons or ligaments shorter or longer.
  • Arthrodesis, which involves taking out the damaged part of the joints and then using screws, wires, or a plate to hold the joint together.

You will go home the same day you have your bunion surgery. Your recovery time will vary depending upon the type of procedure that was performed.

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