Re: Minimally invasive bunion surgery
Do not get "minimally invasive" bunion surgery. I say this for several reasons.
1) They used to do minimally invasive surgeries much, much more often 20+ years ago. These were commonly known as "lunch time" bunions in NYC where you could be back on your feet by after a quick 30 min procedure. There is a reason they are not done any more and its not because it produced excellent results.
2) When you get a minimally invasive bunion procedure your not fixing the root cause of the problem. Minimally invasive procedures involve shaving down the bump on the side of your foot. In reality it is not a bump that forms, but an angulation of the entire 1st metatarsal bone. By just shaving down the bump, you are at a much greater risk of it returning and becoming problematic. So essentially you undergo a procedure that provides relief for a short period of time.
3) Not every bunion is the same. Some are very large and require an extensive procedure such as the lapidus and others are small and typically require much less. People that do minimally invasive bunion surgery do it on everybody because they can do it quick, provide short term relief and make money. They don't do it for the benefit of the patient.
I can't emphasize enough that you do not want to get a minimally invasive surgery if a different procedure will give you a better outcome. Trying to save a few weeks of recover time is not worth having an improper bunion correction.
Minimally invasive bunion surgery is not a new thing. It is in fact one of the first procedures preformed on bunions over 50 years ago. There is a reason very few people do it today.....it doesn't fix the problem. It is like having a flat tire and putting a piece of bubble gum over the leak. These are time saving gimmick procedures. You may get relief for a few months or a year, but it will most certainly come back. If a procedure is truly beneficial doesn't it make you wonder why it is so hard to find someone that does minimally invasive bunion surgery?