Bunion surgery sounds straight forward enough, and many people would not really think about the issues this type of surgery may cause but the effects can have a massive impact on your life.
If you have been through bunion surgery and feel like you are in a worse situation than you were before having the surgery, we understand that you must feel angry at the advice given to you and that you are in a lot of pain. We can help you to decide if you would like to make a claim for medical negligence as a result of your bunion surgery.
What is a bunion?
A bunion is a bony deformity on the joint of the big toe and as a result of your bunion, your big toe will start pointing inwards toward your other toes. This may make the bone of the foot push outwards as it is attached to the big toe and cause it to stick out. The medical name for a bunion is hallux valgus, which refers to this movement of the big toe. A bunion is a hereditary condition and whilst ill-fitting shoes do not cause bunions, they do aggravate them.
The name given to the surgical procedure to remove a bunion is bunionectomy.
How are bunions treated?
Surgery is by no means always necessary to relieve some or indeed all of the symptoms of pain that bunions can cause. Wearing a wider shoe can often help with this. However, surgery is the only way of bringing the big toe back into its correct position. Amazingly there are well over 100 different possible surgical procedures for correcting the big toe, although probably approximately ten of these are far more common than the others. Which procedure a surgeon decides to use will depend upon several factors, including the age of the patient and whether the big toe is showing signs of bone degeneration.
What are the complications after surgery?
There can be a number of complications following bunion surgery. They are:
• The bone healing in the wrong position
• Damage to nerves in your foot
• Continued pain
• Deep vein thrombosis
• The bunion comes back
• Further surgery is needed
• Large amounts of scar tissue
If any of these outcomes happen and you feel you are in a worse position than you were before you had surgery, it can be difficult to accept.
Our experienced medical negligence team will be on hand to discuss your situation with you in detail and help you to understand the legal position of your claim.
We have many years’ experience in dealing with medical negligence claims and you can trust us to give you the best advice possible with regards to the prospects of success.
What will it cost to make a claim?
We always offer a free consultation to discuss your situation and to help you to decide if you would like to make a claim. You will not be obliged to make a claim by coming to see us, and if you don’t decide to take things forward, you won’t owe us a thing.
We talk to you in detail about the cost making a claim and the various options available to you and we can help you to decide which option is best for you. You can also ensure at the free consultation that you are happy for us to represent you.