Revision Bunion Surgery
What Is Unsuccessful Bunion Surgery?
- Return of bunion
- New structural big toe problem (Hallux Varus)
- Severe stiffness of big toe joint
- Excessively short big toe
- Arthritis of big toe joint (Hallux Rigidus)
There are many reasons for a bunion surgery to be considered Unsuccessful and the above list accounts for the most common issues. Complications after bunion surgery occur for a variety of reasons, some patient related, some doctor related and of course sometimes simply poor luck.
In many cases, revision surgery may be able to correct the problem. Dr. Gephart specializes and performs revision bunion surgery after thoroughly identifying reasons that contributed to the unsuccessful surgery in the first place. Dr. Gephart can recommend a treatment plan specifically tailored for you.
Possible cause of Unsuccessful bunion surgery will be outlined below, with possible treatment plans.
Return Of Bunion After Bunion Surgery
Recurrence of a bunion is a well-known possibility. Its not particularly deemed a complication but rather an unfortunate event. Recurrence can indeed occur over time. Though depending on the extent of return and timeframe from which the initial surgery was performed, it can be considered a unsuccessful surgery ,that is if the surgery did not correct the bunion issue.
Two possible structural reasons for return of a bunion after bunionectomy are:
- Procedure selected did not address the severity of the bunion.
- Procedure did not resolve excessive motion on the foot.
While there are over a hundred operations described to surgically correct bunions, only a handful of techniques are used today. Most people think that bunions involve shaving of a boney bump, and this is particularly incorrect. While shaving of the boney prominence may be part of the procedure the main correction of bunion comes from realigning the displaced bones. This is performed with one of two methods – they are bone cut (osteotomy) or bone mending (fusion).
Depending on the severity of the bunion, the surgeon chooses a procedure that will not only shave down the bump but properly realign the foot bones into a proper position. Simple bunions require simple bone procedures whereas larger and severe involve more bone work attain the proper realignment.
Dr. Gephart finds that the most common reason for a return of a bunion after bunion surgery is due to a procedure being performed that did not adequately address the severity of the bunion. Secondarily, patients may have had a proper procedure but have too much flexibility in the foot, that cause the bones to spread open again resulting in a recurrent bunion.
It’s easy to schedule an appointment to discuss bunions surgery in Marietta. Simply fill out the contact form on our website and we’ll respond as soon as possible. We are open Monday through Thursday and will work with your schedule on a time that works for you. You shouldn’t have to live with pain and discomfort from bunions. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us so that we can get started on repairing your feet. We accept most major insurance plans, so you won’t have to worry about healthcare costs. We want to provide you with personalized and practical care. So let get started today, book online or call our office to book your appointment with Dr. Gephart, so we may help you take care of all your feet needs.