Dr. Daniel Halayko
What is Minimally Invasive Bunion surgery?
A bunionectomy procedure involves the removal of a painful bunion through both corrective bone cuts (osteotomies) and soft tissue re-balancing to realign the big toe joint.
Traditional bunion and other foot surgery procedures are performed through large incisions (5cm or more) over the side of the bunion or the foot.
Minimally invasive bunion surgery involves similar bone correction through smaller incisions (<5mm), which results in less post-operative pain, faster recovery, and less stiffness at the big toe.
How is the surgery performed?
The surgeon uses a specialized burr which creates bone cuts through “keyhole” incisions.
Through several small incisions, the bone is cut and the soft tissue is released, allowing the surgeon to realign the big toe joint.
Patients are allowed to weight-bear (walk on the foot) after surgery in a post-operative surgical shoe/boot. Most patients transition to regular shoes at week six. Patients who have their right foot operated on can typically drive after 6 weeks.
What Are the Advantages to Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery?
Because smaller incisions are needed for this surgery, patients typically experience:
- Less post-surgical pain, scarring & swelling
- Faster recovery
- Less stiffness at the big toe
Can Any surgeon perform minimally invasive bunion surgery?
No. Very specific training in minimally invasive surgery (MIS) techniques is required. These procedures require unique surgical tools not used in traditional open surgery.
Can Other Foot Surgeries Be Performed using a minimally invasive technique?
Yes – other surgeries including Tailors bunions (Bunionette), Hammer toes, Chilectomy (Bone spur removal), Calcaneal osteotomies (Heel bone realignment) and others can be done with a similar minimally invasive technique.
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Dr. Halayko has trained extensively in not only MIS Bunion surgery, but also other minimally invasive foot surgery techniques. A full in-person consultation is recommended to see if you are a candidate for MIS surgery.
To schedule a consultation, fill out this form, or call 410-730-0970.
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