Amputation vs. Bunionectomy
The second toe on my right foot overlaps the big toe considerably because of a large bunion. I saw an orthopedic surgeon last week and he recommended that, instead of correcting the bunion, he should remove the second toe completely.
Has anyone else had this done or heard of it being done? He says he does it often and it has several advantages like - less pain, less recovery time, local instead of general anesthesia, no need to go off some medications, etc.
However, I'd still have the bunion and the top of the great toe has rotated somewhat.
I am 68 years old, have two artificial knees (and want to protect them with a good gait) and had a bunionectomy about 15 years ago on the other foot with fairly decent results. However, I'm not eager to have all that pain, etc. again and I'm equally not eager to deal with an amputation that may have other problems.
He is a reputable surgeon in a reputable practice but I admit the recommendation took my breath away. I have an appointment tomorrow with another orthopedic surgeon as well.