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Dr. Guillermo A. Donate
Certified by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery

Bunionectomy - Using a small frame

Surgical outcome of a severe bunion deformity by correcting it with an small external fixator ("frame"). You can see the final result as compared to the other foot. The patient went on to fix the right foot as well. There are a number of surgical approaches to correct a painful bunion deformity. Dr. Donate will discuss them in detail with you and choose one that will be appropriate for your situation. With a frame the patient is able to bear some weight on the foot immediately after surgery and throughout the post-operative period (approximately 20-30% weight bearing). Traditionally a period of 3-4 weeks of no weight bearing, partial weight bearing, or heel weight bearing is allowed (depending on the procedure performed). This is followed by a period of 4-6 weeks in a walking boot with gradual increased weight bearing. Regular shoe gear and activities is usually achieved at 2-3 months after surgery.