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Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery

Finally, a minimally invasive bunion surgery that actually works. A bunion is a deformity of the big toe that occurs when the big toe’s joint becomes misaligned and causes it to lean inward toward the smaller toes. Bunions become more noticeable as they develop in size. They’re quite painful and have a detrimental impact on your ability to walk. And if bunion deformities are left untreated, they can cause additional problems, such as hammertoe and big-toe arthritis.

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A bunionectomy is essentially a surgical procedure that involves the straightening of the toe and metatarsals affected by a bunion. However, surgery is often avoided by many individuals suffering from foot pain caused by bunions due to the fear of:

1. Enduring a slow and painful recovery process.
2. Potential unsightly scarring.
3. Facing extended periods away from work.
4. Being unable to fulfill personal responsibilities and self-care needs.

That is why our foot and ankle surgeons have created the distinct types of minimally invasive (MIS) bunion surgery and developed the majority of the techniques used throughout the world. With superior stabilization, rapid healing, immediate weight-bearing, and no post-op pain or scarring, these surgical procedures provide patients with superior outcomes when compared to any other previously available minimally invasive bunion operation.

Minimally invasive bunion surgery is more effective at addressing health issues than open surgical treatment, which is why more experts are currently advising patients to opt for this procedure over a more extensive procedure.

Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgeries Before and After Pictures of Real patients

Non-invasive bunion surgery before and after pictures are now available for viewing. Conducted by Dr. Kris Dinucci at the Foot and Ankle Center of Arizona, this treatment has shown remarkable results. Situated in Scottsdale, AZ, our center specializes in advanced foot and ankle care. Witness the transformative effects of our procedures through these images. If you’re seeking a non-invasive solution to bunions, book an appointment today for a consultation and take the first step towards pain-free mobility.


Why Minimally Invasive Bunion Surgery Is Preferred ?

New, minimally invasive surgery has completely transformed MIS bunion treatment. It employs a small incision and locking screws to provide long-term support, shorter recovery time, less pain, and minimal scarring.

When compared to traditional open bunion surgery, our minimally invasive bunion correction gives the greatest possible surgical outcomes for a patient with mild to moderate bunion deformities.

This technique eliminates the need for muscles to be opened to provide blood flow to the bones, so patients do not have internal or external scar tissue as they would with conventional bunion surgery. This means less time spent in physical therapy and less need for the painful break up of scar tissue in the big toe joint.

Throughout the MIS operation, our surgeons are directed by x-rays and employ a distinctive device to shave the bone at the joint and position the stabilizing screws. This approach furnishes our surgeons with a clean and replicable correction, leading to reduced swelling, diminished postoperative discomfort, improved restoration, and precise alignment.

In contrast to conventional invasive bunion surgery, our minimal-invasive procedure utilizes small micro incisions (just a few millimeters long), resulting in far less damage to the supporting soft tissues. The MIS scar is tiny. Unlike traditional bunionectomies, the minor scar on the inner side of the foot remains hidden, ensuring it is not visible during everyday activities.

Why choose the foot and ankle center of Arizona for your bunion care?

If you’re experiencing bunion pain, we’re here to help. Our board-certified foot and ankle surgeons provide the finest bunion treatment and the highest treatment outcomes in the nation.

  • Our podiatric doctor Kris Dinucci, with 25 years of experience, earned recognition as a top podiatrist professional in Phoenix magazine for 16 consecutive years.
  • With over 1600 customer reviews and before-and-after pictures showcasing successful Mica bunion treatments.

To schedule a consultation, please contact (855) 814-3600  or set up an appointment now. Our foot doctors located 7304 E Deer Valley Road Ste #100 Scottsdale, AZ 85255. Clinics with wheelchair access are available.

Non Invasive Bunion Surgery Questions And Answers

MICA stands for Minimally Invasive Chevron Akin. This is the name of the small incision (minimally invasive) operation which is a much less invasive surgery to correct bunions.

A bunion is a bony prominence on the side of the big toe joint. This occurs due to a persons genetics and accelerated by improper shoes. In advanced stages the big toe leans towards the second toe and occasionally the second toe overlaps the big toe. The medical diagnosis is called hallux valgus.

A bunion occurs when the bones supporting the big toe move away from the middle of the foot and the big toe leans toward the other toes. Standard shoes are not made to accommodate a bunion, therefore bunions often rub inside shoes. This may cause inflammation (redness) and pain.

Not all bunions are painful and some can be present without much pain. The movement of the big toe can also cause pressure on the second toe, which can also become deformed creating a hammer toe. Occasionally the second toe will cross over the big toe and may create significant difficulties with dress shoes.

The decision as to whether to operate on a bunion generally driven by pain and limitation of footwear and it is important that you are assessed by an experienced Foot & Ankle surgeon specializing in Bunion repair.

Bunions are commonly inherited and run in families. This genetic link and the majority of people with bunions have a family member with the same problem. Approximately 1/3rd of the population will develop a bunion at some stage in their lives.

Tight footwear can also be important and it is likely that this contributes to the development of bunions in people who are already genetically at risk. This probably explains why the condition is much more common in females than males. In other words, high heeled and pointed toe shoes are not the main cause of the problem, but such footwear can accelerate the condition.

Other causes of Hallux valgus include injury, arthritis and muscle imbalance.

Around half of all bunion sufferers do not need surgery. The aim of non-surgical treatment is to relieve pressure on the bunion and to try to prevent the development of pressure sores and ulcers.

In some cases, comfortable, well-fitted shoes are sufficient to alleviate pain. In some cases, a podiatrist may be able to help with symptoms by making an inner sole to go inside the shoe. There are a lot of splints, pads and cushions sold commercially which may help with symptoms although none of these will correct the bunion. Nothing other than surgery can correct a bunion.

Surgery is recommended when bunions are painful and cannot be treated non-surgically. This is a decision best made with an experienced foot an ankle surgeon such who has extensive experience with this surgery.

The principle of bunion correction surgery is to anatomically align the big toe joint, remove the bunion prominence and straighten the big toe.

This procedure is a significant improvement on traditional bunion repairs as the technique is performed through minimal incisions and the instrumentation and fixation allows for a quicker recovery.

Bunion correction surgery, including our advanced Minimally Invasive Bunion Correction method, is typically covered by most insurance plans. Check foot and ankle center of arizona insurance list to confirm coverage.

A minimally invasive bunion placement begins with an anesthetic to numb the region around the bunion. This is usually accompanied by moderate sedation to relax the patient.


At the targeted parts of the foot, tiny catheter-based incisions are made. Guided by x-ray, a specialized instrument is used to remove bone at the meeting place of two bones and replace them with two stabilizing screws. Realignment of the Metata and Talus bones, as well as negligible or no scarring, occurs during the procedure. It is always performed on an outpatient basis.

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Patient Feedback: Non-Invasive Bunion Surgery

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