Finally, a minimally invasive bunion surgery that really works
A bunion (also called hallux valgus) is the often unsightly and painful bony bump by the base of the big toe (or little toe). And if bunion deformities are left untreated, they can cause other issues, such as hammertoe and big toe arthritis.
A bunionectomy is basically an operation that involves straightening the toe and metatarsals caused by a bunion. But many who suffer foot pain from bunions avoid surgery for fear of:
- A slow and painful recovery
- Unsightly scarring
- Missing long periods of work
- Not being unable to take care of themselves or their responsibilities.
That is why our podiatrists and foot and ankle surgeons teamed up with CrossRoads Extremity Systems to help develop the miniBunion™ system. This revolutionary outpatient minimally invasive bunion removal procedure virtually eliminates the above-mentioned concerns.
Bunion Institute’s Dr. Baravarian discusses the miniBunion™ surgery.
The past problems with minimally invasive bunion surgery
Over the years there have been over 40 different types of bunion surgery treatment options, yet only a handful, such as an osteotomy and our Forever Lapidus Bunionectomy, have been proven to be truly effective. Unfortunately, minimally invasive bunion surgery has been publicized by many surgeons over the years, but sadly they have all had an unacceptably high failure rate. That is until now.
Introducing the miniBunion™ minimally invasive bunion surgery
The miniBunion™️ surgical procedure has revolutionized minimally invasive bunion treatment. It uses a tiny incision and patent-pending hardware to provide durable stabilization, faster recovery time, less pain, and minimal scarring.
In short, miniBunion™️ provides the best possible surgical outcomes for a patient with mild to moderate bunion deformities.
With this technique, there is no need to open the joints which spare blood supply to the bones, so patients don’t have inner and external scar tissue as they would with traditional bunion surgery. This means a reduced time in physical therapy and less need for the painful break-up of scar tissue in the big toe joint.
During the miniBunion™ procedure, a special x-ray is used to visualize the bone cut and positioning. This allows our bunion surgeons to perfectly stabilize the bone and get an accurate and reproducible correction, resulting in reduced swelling, less post-operative pain, better correction, and immediate weight-bearing.
And unlike old-fashioned minimally invasive bunion surgery procedures, the miniBunion™ technique requires just a one-centimeter incision, resulting in much less trauma to the surrounding soft-tissues. The miniBunion™ scar is tiny. And unlike traditional bunionectomies, the tiny scar is on the inner side of the foot, where it’s virtually invisible during everyday activities.
A walking minimally invasive bunion surgery recovery!
Many patients report NO PAIN following the procedure and the miniBunion’s™ advanced hardware allows most to walk immediately following surgery in a special postoperative weight-bearing boot. Our miniBunion™ surgeons control pain by:
- Expert surgical precision
- A properly fixated bone, which means less movement, and in turn, reduced swelling and less pain.
- Proprietary cocktail of long-lasting local anesthesia
- Advanced anti-inflammation protocols following the minimally invasive surgery
What happens in the miniBunon™ minimally invasive Surgery?
The miniBunion™ procedure begins with a local anesthetic to numb the area surrounding the bunion. This is accompanied by mild sedation to relax the patient.
A tiny incision (about 1 cm.) is made adjacent to the bunion. Using surgical instruments, the bone is realigned and fixated in proper alignment using the miniBunion™ implant. The incision is closed with a maximum of two stitches. Our miniBunion™ procedure is always performed on an out-patient basis.
Does insurance cover minimally invasive bunion surgery?
Yes! Bunion correction surgery is very commonly covered by most insurance policies. While miniBunion™ is a new and advanced minimally invasive technique, it is still classified as a bunion correction and is covered by most insurance plans.
Will miniBunion work for every type of bunion?
While the miniBunion™ is the ideal corrective procedure for most bunion sufferers, severe bunions may require a different approach to successfully correct the deformity. Your foot surgeon will discuss your specific condition and anatomy and help you decide the best surgical option.
Why choose the Bunion Institute for your bunion care?
If you’re experiencing bunion pain, we’re here to help. Our board-certified foot and ankle surgeons offer the most advanced bunion solutions and the highest success rates in the nation. Our podiatry experts (called DPMs for short) have decades of experience and are leaders in the research and treatment of all bunion conditions.
At the Bunion Institute (an affiliate of the University Foot and Ankle Institute), we take our patients’ safety seriously. Our facility’s Covid-19 patient safety procedures exceed all CDC recommendations. Masks are required in our facilities at all times
To schedule a consultation, please call (855) 814-3600 (24 hours a day) or make an appointment now.
Our foot doctors are conveniently located throughout Southern California and the Los Angeles area with locations in Santa Monica (on Wilshire Blvd.), Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Northridge, Downtown Los Angeles, Westlake Village, Granada Hills, and Valencia California, to name a few. All locations have wheelchair accessibility.