With just a 10mm incision, the Beach-Bunionectomy is easier on your body meaning minimal pain and a faster recovery.
This innovative approach enables Dr. Lopez to correct your bunion confidently and quickly.
Making time for your medical appointments is hard, that is why we take care of you same day whenever possible.
After the Beach Bunionectomy is performed the incision is so tiny, no visible stitches are needed.
The Beach Bunionectomy has been loved and appreciated by the Miami community for years.
Less damage to your body means a smoother recovery, most patients can return to work the following day.
This innovative procedure performed by Dr. Ray Lopez can correct your bunion with a simple and quick minimally invasive approach.
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Bunions are those unsightly enlargements or bumps that occur on the inside areas of your feet. A bunion deformity can cause a wide range of problems for the patient and consequently can involve a varied approach to o treatment. An important point to consider in the understanding of this problem is that it is a progressive deformity. In other words, a bunion will in most cases worsen with time. No one can predict how fast the deformity will progress or to what extent it will cause debility or symptoms but most authorities would agree that sooner or later, it will worsen. Bunions, by nature, can cause pain in certain shoes, become a common site for arthritic changes, lead to secondary compensatory problems such as hammertoes or pain in the fat pad area. They may cause serious aesthetic or shoe wear concerns for certain individuals especially women who have to wear higher styled type shoes. Whatever the extent of involvement, a bunion deformity should warrant consideration by the patient and some level of professional evaluation by a foot specialist.
The possible causes of a bunion deformity are numerous and can only be numerically reduced pending a thorough examination by the foot specialist. Hereditary tendencies for bunions to occur in members of the same family, ranks high as a potential cause. Another frequent culprit is that of our manner of walking and in what type of shoe we wear over the bunion. In short, the particular mechanics of one’s walking style could be such that abnormal forces, pressures, and anatomical changes could result in a bunion deformity. Various arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout can also lead to deformities of the first metatarsal joint and a bunion. An important fact to keep in mind is that. Generally speaking, shoe can aggravate an existing bunion deformity but will not initially cause one to occur.
INCISION - Large 1-2 inch incision on the top of the foot
PAIN - Pain for up to two months (varies on individual)
DECREASED RANGE OF MOTION - (of the big toe joint, 1st metatarsophalangeal joint) - Post-surgery, because of required dissection in this area when doing a traditional bunion surgery.
MOBILITY - Due to the tissue trauma and amount of dissection required for traditional “open” bunion surgery many patients have a significant amount of pain and swelling. This significantly lengthens the recovery period and means that many patients are off of their foot for up to two weeks.
DECREASED RANGE OF MOTION - After traditional bunion surgery a substantial amount of deep scar tissue is formed due to the large incision required dissection. This scar tissue inhibits the motion of the great toe and in many cases requires extensive physical therapy to return to normal function.
SCARRING - The traditional open method leaves behind a 1-2 inches scar which can be unattractive and sometimes painful requiring further treatments such as cortisone injections or scar revisions to treat.
MINIMAL INCISION - 5mm incision on the base of the big toe.
DECREASED PAIN POST-OPERATIVELY - As a minimally invasive procedure very little to no disruption of the surrounding tissue is required therefore pain and discomfort is substantially reduced.
MOBILITY - Almost all patients can walk out of the procedure with a surgical shoe and the assistance of crutches. Some patients can go back to work as early as the following day.
NO COMPROMISE ON RANGE OF MOTION - Due to the nature of the procedure very little deep scar tissue is formed, which the cause of constriction and decreased range of motion post-surgery. Most patients do not lose any range of motion of their big toe after this procedure.
RECOVERY - This procedure is so minimal that the swelling is not noticeable. Minimal swelling means minimal pain and that leads to patients going back to regular shoes as fast as 2 to 4 weeks (compared to the traditional method of 3 months)
SCARRING - The small size and hidden location of the incision as well as the No-Stitch closure provides for a nearly invisible scar post operatively.