Arthrex Bunionectomy Patient Stories | Marilyn


My life before surgery was very active, but I had a lot of pain. Because I do so much with my daughter. Every day I’m with her. I am always on my feet in my daily routine at my job.

Every weekend I would go out dancing at night, and putting on those heels was very painful. Every shoe felt very tight. My feet would always be swollen, and on top of that the pain was too much.

I realized that I had bunions ever since I could remember. Because when I was a little girl, I would not wear anything that wouldn’t cover my bunions. Ever. I didn’t have a single heel that would cover my bunion. Honestly, I thought that was a problem that was going to stay with me for the rest of my life.

Because I heard very little about it, and what I would hear was that it was one of the worst surgeries. No, I needed to go back to work immediately and I didn’t want to stay in bed. I didn’t want to stay hospitalized. I didn’t want to be immobile. I think that the words “long recovery” was what put a stop to me continuing to look for more information about these types of surgeries and my next step to getting it done.

The moment I learned about the Arthrex Bunionectomy was very important. Everything starts with a photo. Literally. I am at my house doing work, in my daily routine, and the phone rings. I see the phone and I see a message from my friend. When I open it I see photos of feet, before and after, and she then goes on to explain this surgery to me that won’t leave large scars, it’s a fast procedure, it’s a procedure where only small incisions will be made, and it’s not invasive. I think that’s what made me make the decision to take the next step.

To me, the surgery was really easy. I had the surgery on Friday. On Saturday, I was doing activities around my house, I was out all day. And on Monday I was back to work.

The first thing I saw after surgery was a before and after of my feet. My smile went from here to here. I was really excited. I was sending pictures of my feet to all my contacts. It’s very exciting to know that I am free from bunion pain. Because if I enjoyed doing all the things I liked to do, and living my life, imagine what it means now that I can do these things without pain.

The first time that I put on a pair of heels without feeling pain after the surgery, it was indescribable. I felt like another person. Now the world is mine.

This real patient was compensated for the time they took to share their personal experience with the Arthrex Minimally Invasive Bunionectomy procedure.

Marilyn’s busy life as a mother and retail office manager kept her on her feet for long hours every day. Although she dealt with bunion pain daily, she did not want to give up her on-the-go lifestyle, so she continued to participate in activities with her daughter and go dancing on the weekends despite the discomfort.

Her bunion first developed when she was a young girl and left her so embarrassed of her feet that she refused to wear shoes that did not hide her toes. The high heels she had grown to love as an adult pressed painfully on her bunion, causing her foot to swell so that all her shoes felt tight and uncomfortable.

Although Marilyn had heard a little about bunion surgery, she assumed her bunions would be with her for life and avoided learning more about her options because she’d heard it was “one of the worst surgeries” with a long and painful recovery. Her fear of being hospitalized and immobile or bedridden for a long time after bunion surgery and her need to get back to work quickly were obstacles she could not overcome.

All that changed on the day Marilyn’s friend sent her a text message with images of another friend’s foot taken before and after the Arthrex Minimally Invasive Bunionectomy. Her friend followed up with a call explaining the successful outcome this person had.

And that’s when Marilyn began to reconsider surgery as a solution to her painful bunions. She discovered that the procedure is performed through tiny incisions that leave minimal scars.¹ And more importantly, the recovery time after an Arthrex Bunionectomy is much shorter compared to other bunion removal surgeries.¹,²

Marilyn underwent the minimally invasive surgery (or MIS) to remove her bunion on a Friday. The following day, she resumed her normal activities around the house and was able to be out and about all day.

She returned to work on Monday. Her recovery from the Arthrex Bunionectomy was nothing like the long recovery timeline she’d feared when she only knew about traditional bunion procedures.

“To me, the surgery was really easy,” says Marilyn. Directly after her surgery, her doctor shared a before-and-after photo of her foot. Just like the ones she’d seen when considering the Arthrex Bunionectomy, her own photos showed how her bunion had been entirely corrected. And now, she was the one excitedly sharing pictures with her friends.

Before undergoing the procedure, Marilyn chose to enjoy family time and her favorite activities despite her painful bunions. “Imagine what it means now that I can do these things without pain,” she says.

Marilyn distinctly recalls the first time she put on a pair of high heels after the surgery and didn’t experience pain, and says the feeling was “indescribable.” Today, you can find her back on the dance floor in those heels. “I feel like another person. Now the world is mine!”

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1. Lai MC, Rikhraj IS, Woo YL, Yeo W, Ng YCS, Koo K. Clinical and radiological outcomes comparing percutaneous chevron-Akin osteotomies vs open scarf-Akin osteotomies for hallux valgus. Foot Ankle Int. 2018;39(3):311-317. doi:10.1177/1071100717745282

2. Lee M, Walsh J., Smith MM, Ling J, Wines A, Lam P. Hallux valgus correction comparing percutaneous chevron/Akin (PECA) and open scarf/Akin osteotomies. Foot Ankle Int. 2017;38(8):838-846.doi:10.1177/1071100717704941

Nota: El descargo de responsabilidad del paciente ya figura en la historia del paciente en Este contenido se actualiza en la página existente donde figura la historia de la paciente Marilyn.

La ajetreada vida como madre y gerente de una oficina comercial hace que Marilyn pase muchas horas de pie todos los días. A pesar del dolor que los juanetes le provocaban a diario, no quería renunciar a su estilo de vida activo; por lo que siguió participando en actividades con su hija y saliendo a bailar los fines de semana sin importar las molestias.

Inicialmente, los juanetes aparecieron cuando era una niña, y sus pies le daban tanta vergüenza que nunca usaba zapatos que dejaran sus dedos de los pies al descubierto.Durante su vida de adulta se enamoró de los zapatos de tacón alto, pero le apretaban los juanetes y le provocaban dolor, hacían que se le hincharan los pies y por ello los zapatos le apretaban y le resultaban incómodos.

A pesar de que Marilyn sabía algo sobre la cirugía de juanetes, asumió que esto era algo que la acompañaría para toda la vida. Decidió que no quería informarse más a cerca de sus opciones porque había escuchado que era “una de las peores cirugías”ya que tenia una recuperación larga y dolorosa. Su miedo de que la hospitalicen y la inmovilicen, o de quedar postrada en una cama por tiempo prolongado después de la cirugía y su necesidad de volver rápido al trabajo eran obstáculos que no podía superar.

Todo eso cambió el día que Marilyn recibió un mensaje de texto, donde una de sus amistades le enviaba imágenes del pie de alguien antes y después de la bunionectomía mínimamente invasiva de Arthrex. Luego le explicó en una llamada el resultado exitoso que había tenido esta persona.

Ese fue el momento en el que Marilyn comenzó a reconsiderar la cirugía como una solución a sus dolorosos juanetes. Descubrió que el procedimiento se llevaba a cabo mediante diminutas incisiones y que dejaba cicatrices imperceptibles.1 Lo más importante fue que supo que el tiempo de recuperación luego de una bunionectomía de Arthrex era mucho menor en comparación con otras cirugías de extracción similares.1,2

Marilyn se sometió a esta cirugía mínimamente invasiva (o MIS) para quitarse sus juanetes un día viernes. Al día siguiente, retomó sus actividades normales en la casa y pudo estar ocupada todo el día.

Regresó a su trabajo el día lunes. Su recuperación de la bunionectomía de Arthrex no fue nada parecida a lo que ella temía cuando solo conocía los procedimientos tradicionales de extracción de juanetes.

“La cirugía me pareció muy sencilla”, dice Marilyn. Inmediatamente después de la cirugía, su médico le mostró una foto del antes y el después de su pie. Así como había visto este tipo de fotos cuando estaba considerando realizarse el procedimiento de Arthrex, ahora podía ver sus propias fotos de cómo le habían corregido los juanetes por completo. Ahora era ella quien estaba entusiasmada y compartía fotos con sus amigos.

Antes de realizarse el procedimiento, Marilyn había elegido disfrutar del tiempo con la familia y realizando sus actividades favoritas a pesar de sus dolorosos juanetes. “No sedan una idea de lo que significa poder hacer todas esas cosas sin dolor”,comenta.

Marilyn hace hincapié en el momento en que se puso un par de zapatos altos por primera vez después dela cirugía y no le provocaron dolor. Nos comenta que es imposible para ella describir esa sensación. En la actualidad la encontrarán en la pista de baile con esos zapatos. “Me siento otra persona. ¡Ahora el mundo es mío!”

El presente no es un consejo médico y Arthrex recomienda que los cirujanos se capaciten en el uso de un producto determinado antes de utilizarlo en una cirugía. El cirujano debe confiar siempre en su propio criterio profesional a la hora de decidir si debe utilizar un producto en particular para tratar a un paciente determinado. El cirujano debe remitirse siempre al prospecto, a la etiqueta del producto o a las instrucciones de uso antes de utilizar cualquier producto de Arthrex. El abordaje posoperatorio es totalmente personalizable y depende de la evaluación del profesional a cargo del tratamiento. Los resultados individuales pueden variar y no todos los pacientes presentarán el mismo nivel de actividad posoperatoria ni los mismos resultados. Es posible que los productos no estén disponibles en todos losmercados debido a que la disponibilidad del producto está sujeta a las prácticas médicas o regulatorias de cada mercado. Comuníquese con Arthrex en caso de duda sobre la disponibilidad de los productos en su área. Las imágenes, videos y testimonios de pacientes son utilizados con autorización escrita de dicho paciente.


1. LaiMC, Rikhraj IS, Woo YL, Yeo W, Ng YCS, Koo K. Clinical and radiologicaloutcomes comparing percutaneous chevron-Akin osteotomies vs open scarf-Akinosteotomies for hallux valgus (Comparación de los resultados clínicos yradiológicos de las osteotomías Chevron-Akin y Scarf-Akin en el halluxvalgus).Foot Ankle Int. 2018;39(3):311-317.doi:10.1177/1071100717745282

2. LeeM, Walsh J., Smith MM, Ling J, Wines A, Lam P. hallux valgus correctioncomparing percutaneous chevron/Akin (PECA) and open scarf/Akin osteotomies(Corrección del hallux valgus comparada con a la osteotomía Chevron/Akinpercutánea (PECA) y la osteotomía Scarf/Akin). Foot Ankle Int. 2017;38(8):838-846.doi:10.1177/1071100717704941

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