Have you stopped to think about the importance of your feet? Maybe not. But, without them, it would be difficult for you to carry out certain activities, from the most basic, such as moving from one place to another on foot, to the most complex, such as driving a car or playing sports.
In fact, those who are born with certain hand deformities usually develop abilities that allow them to use their feet as if they were hands and, with them, they manage to write, brush their teeth, eat, comb their hair and even do art, such as painting or sculpting.
Although it is true that those who have been born with an incapacitated foot or have had a serious illness or accident that has required the amputation of their limbs can lead a fairly normal life, they will always need their feet.
However, despite this, many times we subject them to forced labor or treat them with lack of consideration and for this reason, they end up hurting us and, sometimes, they may end up deforming. Such is the case of the so-called bunions.
The very shape of the foot can create a certain predisposition to the formation of bunions. They can also arise from diseases such as arthritis, but, many times, it is formed due to the use of inappropriate footwear. For example, when it is too narrow or tight, despite being the correct size.
Oddly enough, even smaller bunions can develop on the little toe joints. In view of how annoying, painful and unsightly it is, many people decide to opt for a definitive solution and operate it.
If you suffer from bunions and are thinking of doing the same, it will be good for you to know how much a bunion surgery costs in Spain. You can save yourself asking clinic by clinic, in this post I will tell you what its cost is.
The first thing you should keep in mind is that the bunion is a bony protuberance that takes place in the joint that is located at the base of the big toe. It forms when one of the bones in the front of the foot slips out of place.
This fact leads the big toe to point in the direction of the smaller toes and, at the same time, forces the joints at the base of the toe to protrude. This deviation causes the soft tissues that make up the side of the foot to be pressed, thus forming the bump known as the bunion.
A bunion also causes redness, swelling, and pain at the base of the big toe, calluses where the first and second toes rub against each other, constant pain, and limited movement of the thumb.
The bunion operation consists of correcting said deformity. When it is not so pronounced, it is performed under local anesthesia and does not require the use of any nail or screw. But it should always be performed by a foot specialist who has experience in applying these techniques.
In other cases, when the deformation is very pronounced, more complex processes must be resorted to, such as removing part of the bone that causes the protrusion.
In relation to the price, in Spain, bunion surgery with osteotomy is close to 2,500 euros. However, this price usually includes all expenses related to the operation. But, if the surgery does not require an osteotomy, then its price will be around 1,900 euros.
What do you need
You may find that the price is a bit excessive. However, this generally includes the following services:
- The reservation and use of the operating room for the operation.
- The preoperative study that includes blood tests, electrocardiogram and chest X-ray, depending on the doctor’s requirements.
- The fees of the treating physician.
- Postoperative visits until the patient is discharged.
- Anesthesiologist fees.
- Anesthesia and medicinal gases.
- All the surgical material necessary for the intervention.
- In the event that the surgery is with osteotomy, the osteotomy prosthetic material.
In addition to this, many clinics have medical intervention insurance, in case it becomes necessary, in order to avoid any extra expense for the patient, in addition to the price already stipulated.
On the other hand, you need to keep in mind that, regardless of the technique used during the operation; it lasts approximately 30 to 90 minutes. Also, the time that the patient must spend in the hospital is very short, since it is an outpatient intervention, which means that, once it is finished, you can go home.
During the entire postoperative period, it is important that you take into consideration the following recommendations:
- For about two months, you must wear special shoes, which will help you correct and maintain good foot posture. In this way, you will avoid the common pain caused by bunions and that could end up affecting other parts of the body, such as the spine, hip, etc.
- Moderate walking. You should not exceed either the distance traveled or the speed of the march.
- Avoid making any sudden movements, especially during the first 15 days after the operation.
- To relieve pain and reduce swelling, apply ice to the affected area every day as it improves blood circulation.
- In order to strengthen the affected area, you should do some rehabilitation exercises. However, you should do it following the guidelines of the physical therapist. Only in this way can you recover the normal movements of the foot.
Some of these exercises are: flexing the toes resting them on the floor or the wall, stretching the ball of the foot until it is in line with the others, lifting things with the feet, such as a towel, holding it for a few seconds and then dropping it again etc.
If you put these recommendations into practice, you will surely recover very quickly from your bunion surgery and you will finally be able to say goodbye to permanent foot pain.