MADRID, Jan. 20 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Percutaneous surgery to remove bunions, the most common foot deformity, is a minimally invasive technique that makes minimal incisions (wounds) in the patient’s foot to apply corrections similar to those carried out in open surgery, and that allows walk from day one and reduce pain.
And it is that, by minimizing the cuts of the intervention, it improves the postoperative period (less discomfort) and the healing problems are reduced. “Foot surgery has been known for years to be very painful, with a very cumbersome postoperative period. However, at present this is not true”, explained Andrés Eduardo Delgado, specialist in Traumatology and Orthopedic Surgery at Hospital Quirónsalud Bizkaia Ghersi.
This deformity generates pain and limits the lives of some of the people who suffer from it and, when the discomfort does not subside through the non-surgical methods available, surgery is the only answer to end the problem. The main symptom, in addition to the unsightly appearance of the foot, is pain on the inside where the bulge is located. The area causes discomfort with rigid and tight-fitting shoes. The pain is generated by a series of inflammatory events in the area and not by the bulge itself.
“It is common to find that patients consult for discomfort in other parts of the foot and describe calluses and pain on the sole. This is because the function of the feet when walking is affected, since the support areas are modified during the footprints that, if they progress over time, can cause deformities in the other fingers “, commented the specialist.
For every man there are 15 women who go to a specialist. In fact, bunion surgery is performed on the female gender approximately 85 percent of the time. “The average age of this surgical intervention is between 50 and 60 years, although it can begin much earlier and, in addition, in most patients the problem is present in both feet, although the magnitude varies between them”, has pointed Delgado.
Not all people who have a bunion develop symptoms and can carry out their daily life without difficulties. Therefore, those affected who do not have any pain or discomfort are discouraged from undergoing surgery for cosmetic reasons, since the deformity by itself is not a disease.
EXPERIENCE AFTER SURGERY
Regarding the immediate postoperative period, it is necessary to stay with the foot elevated for a long time to reduce inflammation. However, patients can (and are) allowed to walk from day one in a special shoe called post-surgical footwear. In this way, they are free to move around their home, go to the bathroom, etc.
“During the first week after the operation, patients usually do not leave the house, although they are not prohibited from doing so and despite the fact that complete rest is not necessary for healing. Long periods of time on your feet generate inflammation and discomfort and, For this reason, those affected reduce their activity. The wounds are checked in consultation and, after this first phase, they are granted more and more freedom. In fact, towards the third week after surgery, they can lead almost normal lives, still with the special footwear “, has indicated Delgado.
The bandages and the specific shoe are removed after approximately 30 days and it is advisable to opt for a wide and well padded shoe, such as a sports shoe. Rehabilitation will begin to regain a good gait and, between six and eight weeks, patients will be leading a normal life.
At this point, the specialist has highlighted that the foot is a difficult area to address inflammation. For this reason, it has been reported that patients may experience some episodes of swelling up to the third or fourth month, despite already leading a normal life.