A bunion, or hallux valgus, is a bony bump on the side of a toe joint caused by bone malalignment. You may see a bunion at the part of the joint where the toe meets the foot, called the metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint. While bunions are common in many different degrees, they can become painful overtime and may affect your quality of life, posture, function and more.
Much of the population living with bunions think that there is nothing they can do to fix this pain while simultaneously living a normal and active lifestyle. At NJ Spine and Wellness, Dr. Saymeh and our highly skilled team provide a comprehensive approach to improve your overall orthopedic health, lifestyle and goals.
Minimally invasive bunion surgery is an alternative to traditional surgery that reduces post-surgical scarring, swelling, pain and offers a faster recovery. The bunion is typically corrected by creating small 2-3mm size poke hole incisions along the metatarsal and then re-aligning the bone with screws. Generally, people who have MIS will be allowed to walk the day of surgery. The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure and patients are often discharged in under 3 hours.
In comparison, during traditional bunion surgery, the skin is opened up on the top of the foot by a 4-6 in incision, causing increased scarring and limiting the mobility of the foot. Post- operatively, the patient must be non- weight bearing and may not return to regular footwear for 8-12 weeks.
Dr. Ammar Saymeh serves as the Director of Foot and Ankle Services at NJ Spine and Wellness. Licensed to practice in New Jersey, Dr. Saymeh is board-qualified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, board-certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine along with being certified in the Arthrex MIS Course Level III and the ProStep Minimally Invasive System by Wright Medical in techniques for both forefoot and rearfoot minimally invasive procedures.