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A bunion is a painful bump at the base of the big toe. Most commonly found among women, bunions are often caused by tight shoes, foot stress or arthritis. When a bunion forms, the big toe is no longer straight, but leans inward toward the other toes. Severe bunions can make walking and exercise difficult. Milder forms of bunions may be cured with over-the-counter treatments like bunion pads, shoe inserts or just wearing wider, roomier shoes. However, if the bunion is severe, surgery will most likely be recommended by your doctor.

How to prepare for a bunionectomy?

Just like any other surgery, your doctor will review your medical history, medications you might be taking and make sure you are in proper health to be undergoing the surgery. Bunion surgery is an ambulant procedure, meaning it can be done at the Surgery Center of Fort Collins on an outpatient basis, and that you are able to go home the same day of the surgery.

Most of the pre-surgery preparation will be done at home. Make sure to stock up on food and supplies because you will most likely not be comfortable leaving the house for a few days. If your bedroom is upstairs, you may want to consider creating a sleeping area on the first floor of your home. Arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up after surgery.

What happens during a bunion surgery?

The Surgery Center’s professional and experienced staff will determine your needs to plan the procedure. The procedure starts with administering anesthesia as an injection into the foot to numb the area. Generally, an incision is made over the bunion area, excess bone is removed, and the remaining bone is realigned to straighten the big toe. Our doctors do what they can to minimize scarring and give you improved range of motion.

How long is bunion surgery recovery?

We will prepare you as best as possible to make you comfortable during your recovery. Your doctor will give you a prescription for pain medication and depending on the extent of the surgery, you may be given crutches and/or a surgical shoe to wear. Your surgeon will schedule a follow up visit to monitor your progress. We suggest having a comfortable pair of athletic shoes ready to wear once you are able to get back on your feet.

If you are considering bunion surgery, contact the Surgery Center of Fort Collins for more information. We do perform this surgery for patients, and it is often more affordable and less stressful to have it done at our ambulatory surgery center as opposed to in a hospital setting. Call 970-821-8634 for more information or to schedule an appointment.