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What Results Can You Expect From Bunionectomy (Fusion)?

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Presentation: Bunionectomy With Fusion
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The success of your bunion surgery will vary with your individual situation.
Although the results for the various procedures used to treat bunions vary slightly, 85 to 90 out of 100 patients have good results with this procedure. A good result includes relief from pain and correction of the deformity. The results are normally long lasting. After a fusion, it is normal to experience some limitations in finding comfortable shoes. For example, heel height is generally limited to 1 inch.
Most people do walk better after a successful fusion, because there is little or no pain. In fact, most functions, except for squatting, should be able to be carried out without any difficulty. Athletic competition can also be resumed although usually at a somewhat slower pace than before surgery.
An additional surgical procedure may be necessary if pain is not relieved adequately.
Because individual situations can vary, if you have any questions about your expected results, you and your doctor can discuss your particular situation. It is important that your expectations match your doctor's expectations.

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