Immediate X-rays after Bunion Surgery to Predict the Risk of Recurrence

Immediate X-rays after Bunion Surgery to Predict the Risk of Recurrence

A study reports that for all the patients who are undergoing or intending to get a bunion surgery done or repair any bunion distortion of the foot, getting a non-weight-bearing x-ray done immediately post-surgery can give the patient a decent estimate of the risk about whether the bunion shall return in the future. The report was published The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery on the July 24, 2017. According to the study, recurrence of bunion is reliably predictable by taking simple measures like post operation x-rays.

South Korean investigators Woo-Chun Lee, PhD, MD, of Injie University Seoul Paik Hospital. And Chul Hyun Part, PhD, MD, of Yeungnam University Medical Center believe that by further studying about the subject, the doctors will be able to use the same x ray predictors while doing the surgery thus minimizing the recurrence of the risk.

Bunion is a very common foot deformity. It appears as a bump mostly on either sides of the foot. Bunions primarily occur because of the misalignment of the bigger toe or the long bone that connects the toe to the ankle. If the bunions become painful, severe, or start interfering while walking, a surgery can be done to ensure the realignment of the bone. However, in many cases, bunions rend to return even after the surgery is done. Studies done previously indicate that the recurrence rate has been approximately 25 percent. Dr. Lee and Park found that taking proper measurements on regular non-weight-bearing x rays as soon as the surgery is done can effectively predict the amount of risk of recurrence of bunion within few months after the surgery.

The study examined ninety three patients that were undergoing a surgery for bunion repair. Two out of the ninety three patients were women. This reflects the fact that issues like bunions are caused due to confining, tight shoes.

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