Bunion Surgery

Bunion Surgery Akron, OH


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Correcting  your bunion with Bunion Surgery

Bunion surgery is one of the most common procedures performed by Dr. Campitelli in Akron, Ohio. Bunions are often described as a bump on the side of the big toe. But a bunion is more than that. The visible bump actually reflects changes in the bony framework of the front part of the foot. With a bunion, the big toe leans toward the second toe, rather than pointing straight ahead. This throws the bones out of alignment producing the bunion’s bump.  The condition is hereditary and typically progresses in severity with age.

Do I need to have bunion surgery?

It is typically not indicated to have bunion surgery unless the condition is becoming painful and effecting your everyday activities. Diabetic patients will sometimes require corrective surgery for bunions when the condition is causing ulcers or wounds to form as a result of abnormal pressure. The longer (in years) that one waits to correct a deformity, the more arthritis that will occur to the joint, and less correction can be achieved. We can walk you through the bunion surgery process, educate you on the recovery, and discuss when it’s time to proceed with correction.  Dr. Campitelli has become one of the area’s leading experts in bunion surgery and is involved in teaching foot and ankle surgery residents at both University Hospitals and Western Reserve Hospitals.  You can elect to have your bunion surgery performed by Dr. Campitelli at the following institutions:  Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center, Summa Health Systems, Western Reserve Hospital, and University Hospital Portage Medical Center.

What does bunion surgery involve?

bunion surgery akron ohio orthopedicIn order to “correct” a bunion deformity, the joint itself needs to be realigned. Most of the time, bunion surgery simply involves realigning the head of the 1st Metatarsal bone by making a cut through the bone and fixing with a screw (that does not need to be removed.) In more severe cases, the entire metatarsal bone will need to be realigned by “fusing” a joint in the midfoot region. In either case, the procedure is agreed upon by the physician and the patient to ensure the deformity will not reoccur.

Will I need to miss work after bunion surgery?

When it does become painful, bunion surgery is usually planned in well enough in advance so that you can arrange for time off of work, etc. which varies with the demands of your occupation. If your job allows you to sit, then most likely you could be back to work within 1 week. If you are on your feet for 8-10 hours, then it could be 6 to 8 weeks depending on the procedure that needs to be performed.

What type of recovery is involved after bunion surgery?

The recover period for bunion surgery (see Dr. Campitelli’s post-op instructions)  depends on which procedure was performed. A person with a mild bunion deformity will typically be in a Short Leg Cam Walker for 3 weeks, then progress to a running shoe after that for several more weeks. Crutches are not required, although sometimes preferred by the patient for the first few days after surgery. More severe bunions that require midfoot correction typically require crutches for the first week, then gradual weight bearing in a Cam Walker for up to 6 to 8 weeks. Bunion surgery is performed out-patient and does not require staying overnight in the hospital.

Before choosing to have bunion surgery by a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon, be sure learn more about the surgeon you will be seeing.



Will I have a scar after Bunion Surgery?

Your skin will take up to one year to repair itself after having bunion surgery. The incision will be over the top of your great toe joint to avoid any irritation on your shoe during the recovery period.  The incision will usually be very hard to see if even visible at all approximately one year after your bunion surgery.  Dr. Campitelli can prescribe scar cream to help reduce scarring after bunion surgery and sometimes injections can be given if the scar is hypertrophic or inflamed early after surgery.




Bunion Surgery Pictures

Below are examples of bunions surgery performed by Dr. Campitelli over the past 15 years demonstrating minimal scarring and overall improved appearance and patient satisfaction.

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