Bunions Not Always Aided Through Surgery
Dr. Mehmet Oz spoke to viewers considering surgery for their bunions, warning them that it is not necessarily the best solution.
“Today we are talking about a painful and often crippling condition that could affect more than half of you at some point in your life,” says Dr. Oz. “Many of you will turn to surgery, but will surgery cause more problems than the bunions themselves?”
An example would be TV judge Marilyn Millian of The Peoples Court, who has struggled with bunions. Judge Millian attempted to undergo surgery as a solution but said that “The aftermath is very, very, very, very painful and involves slow recovery”. Dr. Oz says that what Judge Millian’s situation is quite common for people who chose surgery for their bunions. In some cases, the recovery window from bunion surgery can range from several months to a year.
Sometimes people need foot surgery. If you are suffering from a foot condition that may require foot or ankle surgery, consult a podiatrist like Dr. Andrew H. Cohen of Mid-Michigan Foot and Ankle Center. Dr. Cohen can help you with your foot and ankle needs.
When Surgery is Necessary
Foot and ankle surgery are reserved in cases when less invasive procedures and treatments do not help with the problem. Although surgery is generally considered to be a last resort, when undertaken it can provide a permanent pain relief than before and allows you to resume the activities your foot problem has prevented you from enjoying otherwise. This includes:
· Foot deformities (bunions, bone spurs)
· Painful nerves
· Congenital deformities
· Misaligned bones
The type of surgery you will undergo is dependent on the problem at hand. For painful bunions, you may undergo a bunionectomy. Surgical fusions can help realign bones while nerve removal can help get rid of painful nerves and the tissues that surround them. With advancing, evolving technology and surgical techniques becoming more sophisticated, many procedures are now being performed with small incisions and more precise instruments, allowing for faster recovery times.
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