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Bunion surgery in Costa Rica

Hospitals, clinics and medical centers in Costa Rica performing Bunion surgery.

Clinica UNIBE

Clinica UNIBE is a full-service private medical center, providing outpatient medical care, cosmetic, orthopedic, urologic, gynecologic, ophthalmic, maxillofacial and general surgery.

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Dr. Vladimir Badilla Vargas

Orthopedics, Traumatology

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Hospital Clinica Biblica

Clinica Biblica Hospital is one of the top medical institutions of Costa Rica. Approximatey 50% of the physicians at the hospital were trained in the USA.

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Hospital La Catolica

Hospital Hotel La Catolica provides comprehensive private healthcare services to local and international patients, mainly from the USA.

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Dr. Arce Pérez Luis Roberto

Orthopedics and Traumatology

Dr. Castro Artavia Cristhian

General Medicine and Surgery
Orthopedics and Trauma
Hand and Elbow Surgery
Microsurgery

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CIMA Hospital

A modern, JCI accredited hospital which provides a full range of diagnostic, emergency, medical and surgical services.

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Dr. Federico Orlich

Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Jaime Ulloa

Trauma, Knee Surgery and Sports Medicine

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About Bunion surgery

This information is intended for general information only and should not be considered as medical advice on the part of Health-Tourism.com. Any decision on medical treatments, after-care or recovery should be done solely upon proper consultation and advice of a qualified physician.

What is Bunion Surgery?
Bunion surgery is a surgical procedure to remove painful deformed bones known as bunions from the foot and big toe. Bunion surgery is performed when other non-surgical treatments are unsuccessful.

How is Bunion Surgery Performed?

  • An incision is made on the toe joint and bones.
  • The deformed bones and joint are then repaired using screws, pins, and plates to fix the bones in place.
  • The following repairs may be performed during a bunion surgery:
    • Shortening or elongating certain ligaments and tendons
    • Arthrodesis, which is the removal of the damaged portion of the joint and holding the joint together using screws, wires and plates.
    • Exostectomy or bunionectomy, which is the removal of the bulging bone of the foot know as the metatarsal head.
    • Realignment of ligaments around the joint of the big toe
    • Metatarsal osteotomy, which is the removal of the small bone wedge from the foot
    • Phalangeal osteotomy, which is the removal of the small bone wedge from the toe
    • Resection arthroplasty that involves reshaping of the big toe and metatarsal bones at the metatarsophalangeal joint
    • Lapidus procedure, which is the fusion of the metatarsal bone and mid-foot joint
    • Insertion of implants on joints

How to Prepare for Bunion Surgery?
  • The doctor should be informed about any medication that the patient is taking with or without a prescription. These may include supplements or herbs or drugs.
  • Certain medication that the patient is taking may be stopped two weeks before the surgery.
  • The doctor should be informed if the patient has any ailments or medical conditions.
  • The doctor should be informed if the patient has been drinking more than 2 drinks of alcohol per day.
  • The patient must stop smoking to ensure a quick recovery.
  • The patient may be required to learn some exercises from a physical therapist before the surgery. The patient may also need to learn how to use crutches.

Duration of procedure/surgery : 1 to 2 hours

Days admitted : Bunion surgery is usually done as an outpatient procedure.

Anesthesia : Local Anesthesia

Recovery : - The stitches will be removed after 1 to 3 weeks.
- Pins protruding from the foot will be taken out in 4 to 6 weeks.
- The patient may take 5 to 6 weeks to recover.
- Light activities can be resumed in 6 to 8 weeks.
- It may take a year for the foot to completely heal. This depends on how much tissue and bone is affected.

Risks : - Infection
- Bleeding
- Blood clotting
- Reappearance of the bunion
- Loss of sensation, tingling or burning sensation in the toe due the nerve damages
- Shortening of the big toe
- Stiffness at the joint of the big toe
- Swelling and pain
- Arthritis
- Avascular necrosis
- Formation of a callus on the foot soles
- Allergic reaction to medication
- Breathing difficulty

After care : - The foot should be covered and the stitches should be kept dry while the patient is showering or bathing.
- The patient may be required to wear walking casts and special shoes after the surgery for 5 to 8 weeks.
- The patient should not put weight on the foot for 6 to 8 weeks.
- The doctor will inform the patient about the amount of weight the foot should bear during recovery.

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