Arthrex Minimally Invasive Bunionectomy

The Arthrex Minimally Invasive Bunionectomy is truly a minimally invasive procedure done through tiny incisions. Learn more about how this procedure will permanently correct your bunion and how you can get back on your feet faster.1,2

How it Works

The Arthrex Minimally Invasive Bunionectomy realigns the bony structures of your big toe while maintaining a healthy healing environment to promote a fast recovery.1,2  Every bunion is different, and your surgeon can customize 3D correction to your bunion using Arthrex’s specialized procedure and instruments. Our minimally invasive procedure requires only tiny “pinhole” incisions to achieve triplanar correction without fusing a joint or excessive hardware, thus relieving your bunion pain with a cosmetic solution.

Powerful Correction, Without the Scars of Surgery

Minimally invasive surgery has been clinically proven to achieve the same or better corrective results than other more aggressive surgeries,3,4 but with major advantages! While most importantly your bunion will be gone, there are several other key benefits that come with the Arthrex Minimally Invasive Bunionectomy.

*Postoperative management is patient-specific and dependent on the treating professional's assessment. Individual results will vary and not all patients will experience the same postoperative activity level or outcomes.


Recover Up to 8 Weeks Faster*

On average, patients recover up to 8 weeks faster with the Arthrex Minimally Invasive Bunionectomy compared to open procedures.1,9 Most patients are able to walk away from surgery without assistance of a knee scooter or crutches, and are able to return to driving and other daily activities sooner.

Day of Surgery

Walk away from the surgical center wearing a special post-op shoe.
2 to 4 Weeks

Continue to wear the post-op shoe and walk with full or partial weightbearing.
6 to 8 Weeks

Transition to athletic shoes and begin light exercise.
12 to 16 Weeks

Resume normal activities and wear the shoes you want.

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An illustration of the tiny incisions along the side of the foot a surgeon uses to perform the Arthrex Bunionectomy.

Here's How We Get You Back Faster

The minimal disruption of the soft tissues around your toe promotes a better healing environment.8 Operating through tiny incisions protects the vascular structures of your foot, promoting blood flow to the area and reducing the swelling and stiffness associated with more invasive techniques.6,7 The end result for you is a faster recovery.1,2

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Smaller Incisions for Less Postoperative Pain5

Small “percutaneous” incisions act as entry portals for the specialized instruments surgeons use to perform the procedure. The ⅛- to ½-inch incisions are made on the side of the foot, as compared to traditional bunion surgeries performed through a 2- to 6-inch incision on the top of the foot (“open” surgery).

A large, prominent scar on a foot after traditional open bunion surgery.
Traditional Open Bunion Surgery²
A foot with nearly invisible incisions from the Arthrex Bunionectomy.
Arthrex Minimally Invasive Bunionectomy
A foot with three large scars after Lapiplasty surgery.

Preserve Your Anatomy, Preserve Your Motion

Bunion correction with the Arthrex Minimally Invasive Bunionectomy procedure doesn’t disturb soft tissues in the way that open surgeries do.¹⁰ Large, invasive incisions can cause scar tissue that leaves your foot stiff and unable to bend freely.7

But minimally invasive bunion correction helps you maintain—or can even improve—your range of motion at your big toe joint!2

The Arthrex Bunionectomy leaves all the joints in your foot intact, allowing them the freedom to move naturally.

A woman who underwent the Arthrex Bunionectomy stands on her toes and experiences no stiffness or lack of flexibility.
Joanne is a real Arthrex Minimally Invasive Bunionectomy patient. See her story.
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Surgeons using the Arthrex Minimally Invasive Bunionectomy procedure have been trained in minimally invasive surgery for bunion correction.

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