By Dr. James Kent, DPM, MS
December 16, 2014
Tags: Bunion Surgery  
Bunion ImageIf you’ve been dealing with a bunion for a while now, then you may find yourself sick and tired of putting up with sore, throbbing feet. It can be hard to just enjoy daily activities let alone be active and healthy when your feet are screaming for attention and rest. If other treatment plans have left much to be desired and you’re considering getting bunion surgery in Tyler, here are some questions you need to ask yourself and your doctor before deciding whether bunion surgery is the best option for you.

 

1. Have I tried all bunion treatment alternatives?

 
There could be some of treatment options that could be beneficial but not as invasive for treating your bunion symptoms. You want to consider all the non-invasive options first.
 

2. Will I need bunion surgery immediately?

 
This is a question for both you and your podiatrist. If you’re in miserable pain, you may find that your answer will be sooner rather than later; however, we would be happy to help you decide when surgery would work into your schedule.
 

3. Is bunion surgery successful?

 
While we can’t give you a specific success rate, what makes bunion surgery successful is if it eliminates pain and reduces the appearance of the bunion. We also want to make sure you have full range of motion post-surgery.
 

4. Are there any side effects or risks associated with bunion surgery?

 
Any surgery comes with its own possible risks, especially when anesthesia is used; however, we would be happy to sit down and talk about common side effects, risks and complications that are involved in bunion surgery.
 

5. What will the procedure be like? How long will it take?

 
When you come in for your consultation, we would be happy to discuss this simple outpatient procedure. We can discuss the anesthesia we will use, what you should expect when you come in and leave our office and answer any questions you may have about the procedure. We will also decide whether local anesthesia will be enough or whether you will need general anesthesia.
 

6. How long is the recovery process?

 
Some patients recover after about 6 weeks while others can take about 6 months, so the recovery process is different for everyone. When you come in for your evaluation we will be better able to pinpoint how long it should take for you to be back up and moving around again. No one likes to play the waiting game after surgery, but the overall results will be worth it.
 

7. Will my insurance company cover this medical expense?

 
It’s important to know whether or not you will be paying out of pocket, needing a payment plan or if your insurance will cover some or all of the treatment. Don’t be caught off guard. Talk to your insurance company before opting for bunion surgery to find out if they will cover your care.
 
If you want to find out if bunion surgery is right for you, call our office to schedule your consultation. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!