PreOp Patient Education
Wednesday, October 04, 2023

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  Your Procedure

Bunion Removal

Foot Surgery

Your Procedure

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Now it's time to talk about the actual procedure your doctor has recommended for you.

On the day of your operation,
you will be asked to put on a surgical gown.
You may receive a sedative by mouth
and an intravenous line may be put in.
You will then be transferred to the operating table.
In the operating room, a nurse will begin preparation by clipping or shaving and cleaning your foot.
The anesthesiologist will begin to administer anesthesia - most likely locally - causing your foot to become numb.
The surgeon will then apply antiseptic solution to the skin
...and place a sterile drape around the operative site.
The surgical team will then make an incision over the bunion and the skin will be pulled back.
Below the skin is a membrane - or capsule - surrounding the MTP joint that connects the metatarsal bone to the rest of the big toe.
Another incision is made, opening the capsule and exposing the bone.
Your doctor will then cut or file away the bony and fibrous outgrowth at the joint.
After the bunion has been reduced,
...the surgical team will close the MTP joint capsule with stitches
...and the outer layer of the skin will be sutured closed as well.
Finally, a sterile dressing is applied.

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