A bunion is an unsightly and painful bony bump that forms on the base of the big toe joint. While pain medications and special footwear can help relieve symptoms, surgery remains the only effective and lasting way to get rid of bunions. Bunion surgery in Singapore can involve one of the following techniques:
The bunion doctor in Singapore can help advise which technique is most suitable for the patient. He or she may perform the procedure traditionally via open surgery or via keyhole (minimally invasive) surgery.
The main difference between traditional and minimally invasive bunion surgery is the size of the incision made. With the former, the bunion doctor creates a large incision on the side of the foot, carefully cutting the skin and tissues underneath to access the joint. On the other hand, the latter involves making a few small incisions through which a thin, camera-and-light-equipped device (arthroscope) and small surgical instruments are inserted, allowing the doctor to see the joint and perform the operation from outside the body via a viewing monitor.
Both traditional and minimally invasive bunion surgeries come with their advantages and limitations, though minimally invasive is generally preferred in most cases. Traditional open surgery allows for easier access to the site and freer range of movement during the procedure. On the other hand, minimally invasive surgery offers quicker recovery, less scarring and bleeding, and decreased risk of complications. Not all patient is eligible for minimally invasive surgery, however, and your bunion surgeon will be the best person to advise you on your options.
Both open and keyhole bunion surgery treatment are safe and effective when performed by a skilled and experienced specialist. Which option also largely depends on the severity of the bunion. Your doctor will also keep you informed on the risks and benefits of the procedure, as well as how you can prepare and what to expect afterwards.
Dr Kevin Koo is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in bunion treatment in Singapore, skilled in both open and minimally invasive surgery. To find out more about the doctor and his services, visit The Bone & Joint Centre today or call 9898 7781.
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