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What happens in surgery for hallux valgus?

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Dr. Ellen Wenzel answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Depends: There are too many methods to list here for hallux valgus; from a simple 'bumpectomy' to significant reconstruction. Technique chosen is based on etiology, biomechanics, and patient factors such as age, activity, smoking, previous compliance, etc. Some examples include osteotomies (surgical bone fractures) to correct alignment, fusions to prevent abnormal motion, etc. Many require fixation.

Answered 3/31/2013

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Dr. Adam Teichman answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery

Surgically realign: During hallux valgus surgery depending on procedure the bone is surgically broken and realigned with with screws or pin for stability of the broken bone. Usually after the procedure you are put in a walking boot or cast for a period of 4-8 weeks again depending on the procedure chosen to correct your deformity. Please go to eastpennfoot.Com for more information.

Answered 12/27/2017

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Dr. Payam Rafat answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Re-alignment: Various surgical procedures are available to treat hallux valgus depending on the type and severity of the deformity. The procedures are designed to correct abnormalities of soft tissues, remove the prominent “bump” of bone, correct the changes in the bony structures, and to realign the big toe and associated structures. The goal of surgery is to reduce pain and improve function.

Answered 3/31/2013

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Dr. Libby Putnam answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Bunion surgery.: If you elect to have it surgically removed, there are several ways your surgeon could go about it. Depending on the angle of your bones (you'll need an x-ray), there are many different procedures to choose from to correct your foot. The more aggressive procedures may require a bone cut and a screw, crutches and a boot afterward for several weeks.

Answered 3/29/2014

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