Published: April 29, 2021
Minimally-Invasive Bunion Surgery
A bunion is a bony bump at the base of the big toe. It is the result of a structural change to the foot that causes the big toe to lean toward the second toe. Some of the causes are poor fitting shoes, heredity, and medical conditions.
Bunions start out small and generally develop slowly, sometimes in both feet. Overtime, bunions can become inflamed, enlarged, and force your toes to overlap. They often make it painful to wear shoes or walk, and may prevent you from doing the things you enjoy. The good news is that bunions are treatable!
Samantha Bark, DPM, practices minimally-invasive bunion surgery, which has many benefits compared to traditional methods. Those benefits may include: smaller incisions, less postoperative pain, shorter operative time, and an easier recovery. There is minimized scarring because minimally-invasive bunion surgery requires only two tiny incisions that are ¼ inch in length rather than the 2-6 inch cut along the foot that comes with traditional bunion surgery. This leads to excellent cosmetic and functional results!
The recovery with minimally-invasive bunion surgery is fast. According to Dr. Bark, most patients are up and walking the same day of surgery.
Dr. Bark is board-certified in reconstructive rearfoot, ankle, and foot surgery. She earned her medical degree from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine in New York City. She is fellowship-trained in foot and ankle surgery, as well as limb lengthening and deformity correction.