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By Dr. Michael Stein
October 29, 2014
Category: Bunions

Poor Bunion SurgeryIf you’ve lived in the Bay Area for a while, you might remember the following incident: five years ago, on October 27, 2009, the Bay Bridge was closed after a crossbeam that had been repaired only a few months previously broke off, taking a few rods with it. Fortunately no one was hurt, but having the busiest bridge in California shut down for almost a week was a severe headache for commuters, and a reminder that, sometimes, repair jobs don’t quite go as planned.

Repair jobs on your body also come with risks. Even though the experts work hard to give you the best possible care, no surgical operation can be 100 percent guaranteed, including bunion surgery. That’s why it’s important to follow all post-operative instructions carefully and keep a close eye on your foot as it heals.

Potential risks of bunion surgery include, among others, continued pain, nerve damage, infection, severe stiffness, arthritis in the joint of the big toe, hallux varus (a condition where the big toe drifts away from the other digits, rather than toward), and recurrence of the bunion. Following all post-operative instructions, including staying off the foot until your doctor gives you the go-ahead, remembering to use your orthotics, and avoiding ill-fitting footwear will help minimize the risks, but unfortunately there’s no way to guarantee that nothing will go wrong.

Before we scare you: bunion surgery is generally highly successful, with a large majority of patients being satisfied with the results and experiencing no complications. However, if you do experience complications from a surgical procedure—regardless of where you received the original operation, or who performed it—call Foot Doctor of the East Bay right away. Some complications—hallux varus, for example—may not require another surgery if the problem is identified early enough. Even if another operation is necessary, however, earlier diagnosis often yields a better prognosis.

If you do need a little extra repair work, give us a call—we strive to offer the best possible care, and while no procedure can ever be fully guaranteed, no one in the Bay Area is better prepared and better equipped to do the job right and fully inform you of all the risks. Give us a call at (510) 483-3390 and see what we can do for you.

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