When conservative remedies no longer provide the relief, a bunionectomy to remove the bunion and re-align the big toe may be necessary.
As with any surgical procedure, bunionectomies carry risks and provide no guarantee of complete relief so it is important to discuss your expectations with your surgeon.
Usually, an X-ray is taken to determine the exact structure of the big and second toes. Most bunionectomies can be performed under local or general anesthesia as an outpatient procedure by a foot and ankle surgeon. Patients will need someone to drive them home after the procedure.
Patients are released to go home usually the same day. Someone must drive the patient home. The foot is covered with a boot or cast of some type to protect the surgical site and provide foot stability. Total recovery from the surgery may take two months or more and some patient