Minimally Invasive Surgery For Bunions

Eugene Stautberg, MD

General Orthopedic Surgeon & Foot and Ankle Specialist located in Pearland, TX

If you have an uncomfortable bunion that restricts physical activity or diminishes your quality of life, you don't have to live in pain. At his offices in Houston, Sugar Land, Baytown, or Pearland, Texas, Eugene Stautberg, MD, offers minimally invasive surgery for bunions to restore misaligned big toe joints, reduce discomfort, and restore mobility. Call his office to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Bunions Q & A

What is minimally invasive surgery for bunions?

Minimally invasive surgery for bunions is a relatively new procedure that helps improve the pain and alignment of your big toe joint. A bunion is a deformity at this joint that develops when the top of your big toe gets pulled toward the other toes, and the base protrudes outward. 

Bunions can cause limited movement in your toe, reduced mobility, and pain when left untreated. While conservative treatments can diminish bunion pain, sometimes minimally invasive surgery for bunions is the best option for long-lasting comfort.

What are the symptoms of bunions?

The common symptoms of big toe joint problems, which may indicate the need for minimally invasive surgery for bunions, include:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Warmth
  • Tenderness
  • Soreness 
  • Bulging bump
  • Limited big toe movement 
  • Corns or calluses

The pain associated with bunions might be ongoing or come and go. 

Is minimally invasive surgery for bunions right for me?

Dr. Stautberg lets you know if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive surgery for bunions after reviewing your medical history, symptoms, and desired results. He examines the affected toe and may recommend X-rays or other imaging procedures to make a diagnosis and develop an effective treatment plan.

Sometimes you may simply need ice, padding, shoe inserts, medications, injections, or comfortable footwear rather than bunion surgery.

Not all patients are candidates for minimally invasive bunion surgery. 

Can other foot and ankle problems be treated with minimally invasive surgery?

Yes! There are multiple procedures that can be done, when indicated, through a minimally invasive approach.

What should I expect during minimally invasive surgery for bunions?

During minimally invasive surgery for bunions, Dr. Stautberg numbs the treatment area to ensure your comfort. He makes small incisions and a burr to realign the affected bones and other tissues within your joint. Then, he closes the incisions.

You may be able to walk immediately after the procedure, but complete recovery after minimally invasive surgery for bunions may take several weeks or months. Follow your post-care instructions, keep the treatment area clean, and wear the correct shoes to ensure proper healing.

To find out if minimally invasive surgery for bunions is right for you, call Eugene Stautberg, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.