Your bunion surgery specialist Dr. Solomon offers a variety of the newest bunion treatment options (minimal incision, no scar) for those dealing with bunions in New York City. At Manhattan Foot Specialists, we perform the latest minimally invasive bunion surgery techniques also known as no scar bunion surgery only when conservative (non-surgical solutions) don’t relieve your bunion pain.
Dr. Solomon, a top rated bunion surgeon, chooses a procedure that corrects your foot deformity (hallux valgus) with minimal scarring and recovery time. We carefully plan each bunion removal procedure in order to achieve the most optimal cosmetic result.
Come see our bunion treatment center and meet Dr. Solomon, the top bunionectomy doctor and bunion surgeon. Our podiatrists have experience, skill, knowledge, and compassion. Get the bunion treatment you need in the safe, reassuring hands of the best bunion surgery specialists.
- What Is a Bunion?
- Bunion Surgery Before and After
- Rare Post-Surgical Complications
- Bunion Surgery
- Purpose of Bunion Correction Surgery
- Types of Bunion Surgery
- Bunions (Hallux Valgus) Deformity Stages
- Surgical Bunion Correction in Midtown
- Bunionectomy Risks
- Is Bunion Treatment Painful?
- How Long Does It Take to Recover From Bunion Surgery?
- Returning to Normal After Bunion Removal
- Published Data
What Is a Bunion?
A bunion refers to a bump on the base of the big toe joint, also called the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. This bony bump is typically associated with the misalignment of the joint and is caused by different pathologies of the foot. It forms when the tissue or bone in your big toe moves out of place, causing it to bend towards other toes which results in a painful lump. Bunions are a progressive deformity, meaning that over time the bump slowly increases and becomes more prominent.
Bunion Surgery Before and After
In these pictures, you can see the treatment results from patients who went through bunion surgery at our foot clinic. As you can see, the postoperative scar is barely visible when you get your bunion removal performed by the best bunion surgeon, Dr. Solomon. The renowned foot doctor is highly trained in innovative, no scar surgical techniques and only uses the most advanced surgical equipment available in the USA.
Most foot surgeons make large incisions when performing traditional bunion surgery. But as you can see in the top picture on the right, there is minimal to no scar visible since we perform this procedure using the latest techniques. Dr. Solomon specializes in performing the latest surgery for bunions which doesn’t alter the aesthetics of your foot.
Rare Post-Surgical Complications
Just like with any other surgical procedure, there are risks associated with bunion surgery. Post-operative problems occur rarely and are usually treatable. Before your surgery, Dr. Solomon discuss the risks with you and take specific measures to effectively manage possible complications.
Since some of the patients have encountered postoperative problems, we list some of the possible complications of bunion removal procedure that include:
- Nerve injury
- Failure of the bone to fully heal
- Stiffness of the big toe joint
- Recurrence of bunions
Visit the best rated bunion removal doctor to explore your surgical and non-surgical treatment options. Dr. Solomon can explain what is the cause of your deformity and how to correct or remove it. Often people have a bunion deformity on both feet and correcting both deformities at the same time is referred to as a bilateral bunionectomy. We recommend correcting the deformity one foot at a time but in some instances, a bilateral bunion surgery may be indicated.
All symptoms, potential procedural, bunion removal options should always be discussed with your local podiatrist or bunion surgeon Dr. Solomon after a thorough consultation and examination for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
Purpose of Bunion Correction Surgery
Bunion surgery is only performed when conservative, non-surgical solutions don’t alleviate your pain. Some of these conventional solutions include:
- Switching to properly fitting and wider shoes
- Placing padding on your toe
- Taking anti-inflammatory medicine
- Wearing orthotics
Bunions can cause your big toe to move towards the second toe, which over time can create a painful deformity. This can make it very hard for you to find comfortably fitting shoes. Your bunion doctor, Dr. Solomon can explain the cause of your bunion and recommend the best bunion treatment.
By the time you visit a bunion surgeon Dr. Solomon you may have exhausted conservative measures and are already considering minimally invasive bunion removal surgery.
It is important to not rush into surgical correction without a thorough work up with a podiatrist Dr. Solomon or bunion doctor who will recommend a customized solution to your problem. A leading podiatrist Dr. Solomon can diagnose your bunion condition and tell you if minimal incision bunion surgery is a good option.
Symptoms that may indicate the need for minimally invasive bunion surgery include:
- Intense pain
- A decrease in toe mobility
- Severe deformity of your foot
- An inability to fit your foot into your shoe
- A “crackling” sound in your toe as it moves
You need to provide your complete medical history to your bunion surgeon, as well as if they deformity runs in the family. X-rays are typically part of your bunion work up allowing Dr. Solomon, the bunion removal podiatrist to measure the extent of deformity as well as the correction needed for optimal surgical success. Your bunion surgeon will choose a procedure that corrects your deformity with minimal scarring and recovery time.
Types of Bunion Surgery
Because bunions range in size and shape, there are various types of surgical procedures (including minimally invasive) used to treat them. In most cases, surgery involves correcting the bone alignment and repairing the soft tissues around the big toe. Once our bunion doctor evaluates your condition, they will inform you about the type of surgery that will best treat your bunion.
Some of the most widely used types of bunion removal procedures are:
- Osteotomy. The surgeon makes small cuts in your big toe joint to realign it to a proper position. This will straighten the bone and improve the joint balance. This is often combined with soft tissue procedures to better maintain the big toe alignment.
- Exostectomy. The doctor removes the bunion bump from your toe joint without doing an alignment. Exostectomy by itself rarely corrects the cause of the bunion and is usually just one part of the entire corrective surgery that includes osteotomy.
- Arthrodesis. In this procedure, the arthritic joint surfaces are removed and replaced with screws or metal plates until the bone heals to fix the deformity. This type of surgery is mainly used in severe bunion cases or for patients with severe arthritis.
Note: You shouldn’t get a foot surgery even if its minimal incision procedure just because you don’t like the appearance of your foot.
Bunions (Hallux Valgus) Deformity Stages
If symptoms of bunion is severe, surgery is the only effective treatment to relieve the pain. The most appropriate type of surgery depend on multiple factors, such as the extent of changes associated with bunion bump deformities as well as the bone changes and position of the bones in the foot. Dr. Solomon will explain the reasoning behind a particular decision in your specific case.
Surgical Bunion Correction in Midtown
Most bunion surgeries include removing the bump from the big toe joint and shifting the bone over. The leading bunion surgeon, Dr. Solomon does a minimal incision over the deformity to get an optimal cosmetic result. To prevent the deformity from returning, the bunions specialist typically moves the metatarsal bone over to prevent the re-occurrence of the bump.
Your podiatrist is surgically trained to correct this deformity and will guide you to the newest procedure such as laser bunion surgery (aka non-invasive bunion removal) that suits your lifestyle and expectations. You will follow-up with your local foot doctor or Dr. Solomon every 1-2 weeks during your recovery to check the bone healing via x-rays.
Every surgery has risk factors even if performed by the best bunion surgeon such as Dr. Solomon. Some of the risks associated with a bunionectomy are pain, infection, blood clot and damage to the nerves, as well as the potential of bunion deformity re-occurrence.
Once you’ve decided to go ahead with the no scar, minimally invasive bunion removal surgery, our podiatry doctor will discuss all the benefits, risks and alternatives to surgical correction and answer any questions you may have.
The anesthesiologist will be present on the day of surgery and will review your medical history and labs as well as discuss the type of anesthesia you will be having.
Is Bunion Treatment Painful?
Bunionectomy surgery performed in our foot clinic is painless since ankle block anesthesia is used during the procedure. The majority of bunion surgeries are performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. This results in your foot being completely numb during the procedure and you will also be given medications that helps you relax. However, once the anesthesia wears off, you will feel some moderate pain for the next few days following the bunion removal surgery.
Your pain may be slightly increased post-operatively for a few days. The amount of pain felt after bunionectomy will differ from one patient to the next. You can minimize the pain and swelling by closely following the after-care advice given to you by your bunion surgery doctor who may also prescribe medications to ease your discomfort.
The given instructions from the podiatrist nearby or our foot surgeon Dr. Solomon will provide detailed information about how to care for your foot at home following the surgery for the first few weeks. Depending on the degree of your bunion treatment, you may be discharged with a special surgical shoe or cast to aid in bunion recovery. Most patients report the postoperative pain as fairly tolerable when combined with medication and a dedicated program to relieve the discomfort.
How Long Does It Take to Recover From Bunion Surgery?
Following the foot surgery bunion removal, you will recover from anesthesia over a few hours. It is required to have someone pick you up after surgery. The first few days after surgery are typically the most painful and your bunions doctor will prescribe you pain medication to alleviate those symptoms.
Contact your local bunion surgeon or Dr. Solomon if you experience any of the following symptoms during your bunion surgery recovery period after being discharged:
- Warmth and redness in the area around the surgical dressing
- Increased pain in the area of the surgery
- Damp dressing that falls off
- Swelling above your foot, around your calf
- Soiled dressings
- Calf pain or cramping
Returning to Normal After Bunion Removal
After your bunion removal surgery, you can expect a return to normal lifestyle and activities in about six to eight weeks. A full recovery can sometimes take longer, as you may experience swelling for up to six months after surgery.
Other factors that influence your recovery after minimally invasive bunion surgery include:
- The degree of your foot deformity
- How type of bunion correction you received
- Your age and general health
- Compliance with surgical shoe and rest
Temper your expectations around the severity of your bunion surgery. If your procedure was mild and your podiatrist only removed a small amount of bone and tissue, you can return to normal activity more quickly than if you had a more complex surgery.
A best podiatrist Dr. Solomon may prescribe a special boot, shoe or cast to be worn for several weeks after your bunion removal to give your foot added stability.
Once your surgical incision is healed, Dr. Solomon may suggest physical therapy and exercises that helps strengthen your foot and get you to your normal life faster. These exercises improve your range of motion too. Adhering to the prescribed recovery regimen and following your surgeon’s post-operative instructions enable you to shorten your recovery time.
All symptoms, potential procedural/surgical options should always be discussed with your podiatrist near you or the best rated bunion surgery specialist after a thorough consultation and examination for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.
According to “The Treatment of Hallux Valgus” study published on PubMed: “Analysis of the large number of retrospective studies with follow-up for up to 5 years shows that overall, 85% of patients are satisfied and have a good clinical result. Ten percent are less satisfied and show a less beneficial outcome, and in 5% the results of surgery are poor.”
According to “Prevalence of hallux valgus in the general population: a systematic review and meta-analysis” group study published on PubMed: Out of 496,957 participants grouped for meta-analysis, bunions (hallux valgus) were in:
- 23% in adults aged 18-65 years
- 35.7% in elderly people aged over 65 years
- females to male ratio 30% to 13%
According to “Adolescent hallux valgus: a systematic review of outcomes following surgery” study. Out of 201 corrective osteotomies (129 females / 13 males):
- 2% cases of infections
- 11.9% cases of post-operative pain
- 4.5% scar hypersensitivity
Important Reminder: This information is only intended to provide guidance, not definitive medical advice. Please consult a leading bunion surgeon Dr. Solomon about your specific condition. Only a trained, experienced board certified podiatrist or bunion specialist can determine an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.
Do you have any questions about the no scar bunion surgery procedure? Would like to schedule an appointment with an internationally recognized, top bunion surgeon in NYC, Dr. Sophia Solomon of Manhattan Foot Specialists, please contact our office for a consultation.
Dr. Sophia Solomon
51 East 25th Street, Ste 409
New York, NY 10010
(Between Madison Ave & Park Ave)
☎ (212) 389-9918