Keyhole bunion surgery provides patients with a faster recovery.
How does minimally invasive bunion surgery differ from traditional bunion surgery?
Minimally invasive bunion surgery (aka keyhole bunion surgery) requires several small incisions to be made around
the big toe joint rather than one long incision over the top of the big toe joint. The surgical instruments are inserted through the small incisions and the surgeon uses live x-ray guidance (fluoroscope) to assist in making cuts (osteotomy) through the bone and placement of the screw. Traditional bunion surgery requires an open surgical approach where the soft-tissues around the joint have to be cut open to expose the bone where the osteotomy is performed.
What are the advantages of minimally invasive bunion surgery over traditional bunion surgery?
- Less risk of scarring;
- Less swelling after surgery;
- Faster return to normal footwear and activities.
What is the recovery from keyhole bunion surgery?
Patients who have minimally invasive bunion surgery performed are generally quicker to return to normal activities compared to those who have traditional open bunion surgery. This occurs mainly because there is less soft-tissue healing required with minimally invasive surgery. The time it takes the bone to heal fully is similar with both procedures (generally 8-12 weeks).
This website is intended for general information purposes only. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. For more information on minimally invasive bunion surgery in Perth, follow the link to make an appointment to see our specialist podiatric surgeon Dr. Andrew Knox.
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