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Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Bunionectomy?

At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital you will have our medical staff approach your condition with a variety of modern treatment options. In case you need to undergo a bunionectomy, our podiatrists will make sure the success of this procedure will be of utmost importance. For your recovery to be completed, our health center will provide you with the best rehabilitation protocol so you can regain your mobility in the shortest time possible.

Bunionectomy is a surgical procedure that consists in the excision or removal of a bunion.

A bunion is an extension, which forms at the base of the big toe and is composed of a bone and soft tissue.

Most of the times, it is the result of the irritation and inflammation that appear when wearing tight, narrow shoes.

As the big toe moves aside, it can also push the second toe sideways.

This could lead to extreme deformation of the foot and the patient will not only be in significant pain, but also won’t be able to find suitable shoes.

This medical procedure is usually performed when other conservative ways of treatment like proper shoes, orthosis or even anti-inflammatory medication fail to help the patient.

Conservative actions are usually the first step in treating bunions and the possible measures of stopping the progression of the affection are the following:

  • injection of a steroidal medication around the joint
  • rest and elevation of the foot
  • soaking the foot in warm water to improve blood flow
  • use of anti-inflammatory medication
  • eliminating any pressure on the affected foot
  • use of an orthotic

If these measures fail or if the condition of the patient is getting worse, bunionectomy is taken into consideration.

The recovery after a bunionectomy happens both at the surgical center and at home. The patient will receive immediate post-operative care and his foot will be monitored in case bleeding or excessive swelling appears. Therefore, the patient will have to stay in the recovery area for a couple of hours after the intervention before being discharged.

The patient will also be monitored for nausea and vomiting, any possible anesthesia problems and he/she will be fed to see how food is tolerated. Furthermore, pain killers will be administered which can cause sleepiness and abnormal thinking.

You should contact your doctor if one of the following symptoms occur after being discharged from the hospital:

  • chills
  • increased or constant pain of the foot
  • fever
  • excessive swelling
  • bleeding

All surgical procedures involve certain risks. The most common complications are infection, excessive pain, nerve damage. Discussing the medical antecedents with your surgeon helps reducing the complication rate.

However, less than 10% of the persons who undergo a bunionectomy encounter complications and in 85-90% of the cases the surgery is successful. 

  1. Elevate your foot above the level of the heart as often as possible as this will reduce the swelling and the pain.
  2. Apply ice on the foot for 15-20 minutes every hour. Ice helps preventing the deterioration of the tissue and also reduces pain and swelling.
  3. Keep the bandages clean and dry. Wrap the foot in a plastic bag when you shower and try to keep it away from the water.
  4. Wear a walking shoe. You will have to wear a walking shoe for 2-6 weeks after the surgery in order to protect your toe from injury.
  5. Exercise. Your doctor will tell you when to start moving your toe to prevent stiffness.

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