Voiceover: Patricia, who is in her 60’s, has a problem that is not only unsightly but also incredibly painful.
Dr Christian: What’s going on?
Patricia: Well, I’ve had bunions on both feet but this one here is causing me a lot of problems. And this toe I’ve noticed is moving more over.
Dr Christian: Essentially what a bunion is, just so you have it clear, is a displacement of the bones. Your toe starts to come over at this terrible angle and the bones here start to push out and then you get rubbing and you get dry skin and calluses’ forming. This big lump (indicates to foot) that is the bunion. There are lots and lots of things we can do, but I think in your case I don’t think all of our usual conservative methods of you doing some exercises and wearing sensible shoes are going to get you anywhere quite frankly. So, we need to do something I think a bit more drastic surgically which is essentially to chop off all this distorted bone and re-align and re-set. Now, that’s sounds dramatic but actually using the new techniques which are pretty much almost keyhole techniques you can be out the same day.
Patricia: That would be amazing!
Voiceover: Patricia visited our Benidorm clinic because she has a problem with bunions. Dr Christian said the only answer was for her to visit an orthopaedic surgeon. Following sedation and a local anaesthetic to her foot, the doctor cuts the bone to re-set the big toe and straighten it. Then to keep it all in place he inserts a metal wire along the big toe before bandaging Patricia’s foot. It’s taken less than 20 minutes to correct Patricia’s bunions and to get her back on her feet again.
Patricia: Look at me, I’m walking! Look at that, isn’t that amazing! That’s even better than I thought it would be. It’s absolutely straight and I’ve never seen that with my feet before so I actually had a few tears! I got quite emotional about it.
Dr Christian meets Patricia, a patient who is suffering from bunions, a painful structural displacement of the foot bones. Extreme cases of bunions can be solved with a surgical procedure and in this video we see how corrective keyhole surgery can be a quick and viable option.
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