Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery Specialist

Adult & Child Foot & Ankle Care -  - Podiatrists

Adult & Child Foot & Ankle Care

Podiatrists located in Midlothian, VA & Powhatan, VA

If you have one or multiple bunions that regularly cause you pain or negatively affect your mobility, surgical intervention is worth considering. At Adult & Child Foot & Ankle Care in Midlothian, Powhatan, and Richmond, Virginia, expert podiatrist Dr. John McMahon Jr. routinely performs minimally invasive bunion surgery on both men and women. To see if you’re a candidate, make an appointment by calling or clicking today.

Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery Q & A

What is minimally invasive bunion surgery?

Minimally invasive bunion surgery is an umbrella term used to describe a variety of bunion correction methods that use small incisions and surgical tools to address bunion pain and promote healing. 

Thanks to modern advances in orthopedic surgery, Dr. McMahon Jr. and the team at Adult & Child Foot & Ankle Care can perform the most common types of bunion correction using minimally invasive techniques. 

What are the advantages of minimally invasive bunion surgery?

Compared to traditional orthopedic surgery, minimally invasive bunion surgery presents a wide variety of benefits, including:

  • Less postoperative pain
  • Shorter surgery time
  • Easier recovery
  • Less scarring


Minimally invasive bunion surgery also allows Dr. McMahon Jr. to perform a bunion correction without significantly damaging your overlying skin and surrounding soft tissue. 

Am I a good candidate for minimally invasive bunion surgery?

Whenever possible, Dr. McMahon Jr. and the team recommend using conservative, noninvasive methods of care to treat bunion pain, such as wearing more comfortable shoes or modifying your physical activity. However, surgery may be necessary if:

  • Your pain persists
  • Your toe becomes swollen
  • Your toe becomes stiff
  • Your toe becomes deformed


The team might also recommend minimally invasive bunion surgery if you’re no longer able to bend or straighten your big toe. 


What type of minimally invasive bunion surgery is right for me?

Bunions vary in shape and size, so the type of surgery from which you’ll benefit most depends on your individual situation. However, the goals of minimally invasive bunion surgery are always the same:

  • Realign your metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint
  • Relieve pain
  • Correct your deformity


At Adult & Child Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. McMahon Jr. and the team offer minimally invasive osteotomies, minimally invasive arthrodesis, minimally invasive exostectomy, and minimally invasive resection arthroplasty.

Following a physical examination, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms, your provider can develop a treatment plan for you.

What happens during minimally invasive bunion surgery?

At Adult & Child Foot & Ankle Care, the team performs minimally invasive bunion surgery onsite as an outpatient procedure. On the day of your operation, Dr. McMahon Jr. or a member of the team administers a type of anesthesia called an ankle block, which numbs your foot and ankle completely. 

After the anesthesia kicks in, Dr. McMahon Jr. makes two small incisions, one along the inside of your toe joint and the other along the top. Next, he carefully realigns your toe joint, removes any excess tissue, and carefully stitches your incisions up. After your operation, you’re moved to a recovery room. A couple of hours after your operation, you’re able to return home. However, you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you. Dr. McMahon Jr. provides you with a list of recovery instructions and writes a prescription for painkillers and antibiotics. 

Take your medications as prescribed, and make sure to attend all of your follow up appointments. 

To see if you’re a candidate for minimally invasive bunion surgery, call or click the online booking tool, and request your consultation today.