The Austin Bunionectomy is a common surgical procedure to remove a bunion. A bunion can be defined as a bony, lump-like protrusion at the joint in the base of one’s big toe. When some of the bones in the front portion of one’s foot move out of place, a bunion is formed.
The Austin Bunionectomy surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. The surgeon makes a tiny incision on the joint of the big toe. A cut, in the shape of a “V”, is made at the side of the bunion. The bone is then shifted into the appropriate position. This is maintained by the placement of two small screws that remain in the foot.
This procedure is popular because the patient does not require to wear a cast following the surgery; just a special, comfortable shoe. In just 8 weeks following the surgery, patients can wear normal tennis shoes and even use an exercise bike. This procedure gets a thumbs-up for being minimally invasive and offering a swift recovery.