Risks of Bunion Surgery

There are general risks associated with any surgery and the use of anesthesia.  It is important to understand that complications may occur and are not necessarily your fault or the fault of the surgeon.  In no particular order, the complications and risks of bunion surgery include, but are not limited to the following:

  •     Infection (soft tissue and/or bone)
  •     Scar
  •     Hematoma
  •     Nerve injury or entrapment (temporary or permanent)
  •     Skin healing difficulties (wound)
  •     Swelling
  •     Pain
  •     Mal-alignment
  •     Bone healing difficulties (delayed union/nonunion)
  •     Stiffness
  •     Prominent hardware
  •     Shortening of the big toe
  •     Stiffness of big toe joint
  •     Weakness of the big toe
  •     Return of the bunion
  •     Over-correction of the bunion (Hallux varus)
  •     Transfer pain or callus formation to adjacent toes
  •     Prolonged recovery
  •     Need for further surgery
  •     Blood clot in leg (deep vein thrombosis)
  •     Blood clot traveling to lungs (pulmonary embolus)
  •     Catastrophic loss

How to have good outcome after bunion surgery

Good patients have good results and bad patients have bad results.  While your surgeon may have done a wonderful job correcting your bunion, if you do not take care of your foot in the ensuing weeks, then you may have a bad result.  Some tips are listed below to help you during the post-operative period:

  1. Follow all instructions.
  2. Do not put weight on your foot until your Surgeon tells you to do so.
  3. Do not get your foot wet until instructed.
  4. Elevate your foot as instructed by your Surgeon.
  5. Don’t self-medicate.  Some medications may cause bleeding or slow down healing.
  6. Give yourself adequate time to heal.
  7. Be nutritionally maximized.
  8. Get your life in order before the surgery.
  9. Get plenty of rest.

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