We believe our fully qualified podiatric surgeon Dr Hannah Chun provides the most patient-centred bunion surgery Perth has to offer.
Do I Need Bunion Surgery?
Although Dr Hannah Chun may recommend an operation for your bunion to improve the function of your foot and reduce pain, it is your decision if you go ahead with the operation or not and as such you should be as well informed as possible.
Bunion is often progressive and once the second toe overlies or underlies your first toe, additional operations are required to address the deformed lesser toes.
What Does the Surgery Involve?
There are over 130 different procedures for bunion surgery. Dr Hannah Chun will decide what procedure is performed depending on your bunion, but it usually involves:
- Removal of the bunion.
- Releasing tight ligaments, capsule and tightening loose ligaments.
- Cutting and realigning first metatarsal bone with fixation (K-wire or screws).
- Additional procedures may be warranted to correct the big toe.
A range of anaesthetics are available for bunion surgery. Your anaesthetist will discuss this with you (general anaesthesia, spinal block or local anaesthesia with sedation).
Bunion surgery usually takes around an hour, and at the end of the operation your foot will be dressed with a bandage or plaster cast.
What Medications Will I Take?
You will first be given antibiotics to take 1 hour prior to the surgery, and if needed, you will also take a sedative medication 90 minutes prior if you decide to have local anaesthetic. You will also be given post-operative analgesics for to reduce foot pain.
Dr Hannah Chun will also ask what medications you are on during a pre-operative consultation:
- If you are on beta-blockers for your high blood pressure, you should continue to take them.
- If you are on thinning medications, you may need to stop prior to surgery.
- If you are a diabetic, you should continue to take diabetic medication and ensure your blood sugar is under control.
Expert Bunion Surgery in Perth
If you have a bunion that is causing you foot pressure and pain, surgery should help straighten your big toe and make your foot fit more comfortably into a normal shoe.
Bunion surgery is usually very effective and safe, however complications can happen. You need to be well informed to help you make a decision about surgery. Knowing about the possible complications will also help to detect and treat any problems as early as possible.