Technological advances, scientific innovation and research have fundamentally changed how we treat bunions and led to an increase in the types of bunion surgery your doctor may prescribe for your specific condition. There are at least more than 100 types of bunion surgery according to WebMD.
Relatively speaking, most bunion sufferers only had a couple of different surgical options. Nowadays, it isn’t uncommon for two different procedures to be performed during the same surgical visit in order to repair your foot.
Since our goal is to provide you with easy to understand information in plain English, I will try not to bore you with too much detail. However, I want to provide you with a list of some of the most common types of bunion surgeries and bunionectomies so that you have a basic comprehension and reference point if you decide to consult with a doctor.
Names for the Most Common Types of Bunion Surgery
Here is a partial list of the most common procedures:
- Lapidus Bunionectomy or Lapidus Procedure
- Austin Bunionectomy
- Keller Bunionectomy
- McBride Bunionectomy
Each of these procedures are designed to address a specific bunion condition and some are more popular than others.
In general, you will find that all types of bunion surgeries strive to alleviate bunion pain by doing one of the following:
- Fusion of big toe joint or where the metatarsal bone connects with the foot
- Realignment of ligaments and soft tissues
- Removal of protruding bone that causes the lump on the side of the foot
- Removal of bone from foot or toe to straighten out the toe
- Artificial implant of toe joint